Ships are Illegally Dumping Plastic Trash at Sea, Study Suggests
Thousands of plastic drink bottles are washing up on a remote, uninhabited island in the South Atlantic, and researchers say they're evidence of illegal dumping from cargo ships.
Ships have been strictly banned from throwing trash overboard for more than 30 years.
The international study was published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Peter G. Ryan, Ben J. Dilley, Robert A. Ronconi, Maëlle Connan, "Rapid increase in Asian bottles in the South Atlantic Ocean indicates major debris inputs from ships", PNAS, September 2019, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1909816116