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Henderson Island

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UNESCO: Henderson Island, which lies in the eastern South Pacific, is one of the few atolls in the world whose ecology has been practically untouched by a human presence. Its isolated location provides the ideal context for studying the dynamics of insular evolution and natural selection. It is particularly notable for the 10 plants and four land birds that are endemic to the island.

Plastic Pollution
Henderson Island went viral and was described as “the poster boy for marine pollution” for being buried under 38 million pieces of plastic. The South Pacific island, a British territory and part of the Pitcairn archipelago, was given World Heritage status 30 years ago. Twelve researchers recently returned from a mammoth effort to clean up some of the rubbish, but they did not bear good news.

Headlines
Researchers collect tonnes of plastic from Henderson Island, but leave it all behind
An expedition to the uninhabited island harbouring 38 million pieces of plastic

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