No modern substance has insinuated itself into daily life more thoroughly than plastic. Made from oil and natural gas, containing toxic chemicals and confoundingly durable, plastic is everywhere, causing massive environmental damage and posing a health danger to people and other living things.
17 photos déchirantes des effets de la pollution sur le monde animal
“Most of the deep sea remains unexplored by humans, and these are our first visits to many of these sites,” says Kerry Howell, one of the authors on the PLoS ONE paper. “But we were shocked to find that our rubbish has got there before us.” | photograph: Forest Starr and Kim Starr, much of the plastic beached on Midway Atoll finds its way into the stomachs of seabirds like this juvenile Laysan albatross