The world is facing an ocean and coastal pollution pandemic.

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Denise Hardesty: The world is facing an ocean and coastal pollution pandemic. 

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Our Team’s research found that about half of seabird species across the globe have eaten plastic.

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This will likely increase to 99% of all seabird species by 2050.

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We’ve collected data from hundreds of sites on land and at sea around Australia. 

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Our data shows that the plastic in our oceans and on our shores comes from us.

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This means with legislation and behavioural change we can significantly reduce the amount of litter that enters our seas. 

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Our science is being used to inform policy consumer choices locally and at the global scale.

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Tackling the marine pollution pandemic

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