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‘Only the tip of the iceberg’: Australia’s island paradise polluted by plastic

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Tonnes of plastic waste pollute Cocos Island beaches, and what you see is only a fragment

A remote tropical island paradise off the coast of Western Australia in the Indian Ocean has become home to hundreds of tonnes of rubbish.

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are better known as a tropical tourist destination, but a 2017 survey has revealed its beaches are littered with an estimated 414 million pieces of rubbish weighing 238 tonnes.

By Jo Kahn, ABC Science

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IMAGE: Plastic washes up on beaches worldwide. © Dmitry Loshkin, Dreamstime.

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