[Image appears of Denise Hardesty talking to the camera and text appears: Denise Hardesty, Team Leader, CSIRO Marine Debris Team]
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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