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March 22, 2020 - The Rising

Study: Plastic Trash Kills Half A Million Hermit Crabs On Remote Islands Each Year

Study: Plastic Trash Kills Half A Million Hermit Crabs On Remote Islands Each Year
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People often consider remote islands to be vestiges of pristine wilderness. But in stark contrast, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Henderson Island are drowning in plastic trash.

A recent study published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials estimates that more than half a million hermit crabs perish in accumulated plastic pollution on the beaches of these heavily polluted remote islands alone each year.

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