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    Remote Island Thought World’s Most Polluted

    “The human footprint is everywhere.” So said a marine ecotoxicologist after returning from Henderson Island — an uninhabited UNESCO World Heritage Site only visited once every 5-10 years for research, now considered the world’s most polluted place. Researchers estimate that more than 37 million pieces of plastic debris have been carried on ocean currents to accumulate on its once-pristine shores, situated in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean some 3,100 miles from the nearest town. They’re hoping Henderson’s example will remind mainlanders about the perils of plastic.

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