One of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted.
Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic.
The nearly 18 tonnes of plastic piling up on an island that is otherwise mostly untouched by humans have been pointed to as evidence of the catastrophic, “grotesque” extent of marine plastic pollution.
We’ve been arguing about climate change, and whether it exists and what is changing, for the better part of 40 years …
“Let’s not wait for more science. Let’s not debate it. The rate of plastic in our oceans is absolutely phenomenal, and we need to do something now.”
Jennifer Lavers, of the University of Tasmania’s institute for marine and antarctic studies on The Guardian website today
in the studio today: Blue upon blue
I’m looking at some recent paintings, and whilst I like sections of them they need more work. So I’ve started with this one, layering thinned and wax-rich colour over the original colours. And it fits with the report, above, that I was reading this morning.