Plastic Pollution

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MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands — Flying into the uninhabited Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Midway Atoll appears out of the vast blue Pacific as a tiny oasis of coral-fringed land with pristine white sand beaches that are teeming with life.

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Plastic is a growing problem for ocean waters — not only in Hawaii but around the world. And new research this week from an Asian island nation shows part of that challenge involves the travel and tourism industry.

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Thousands of pounds of man-made trash wash up each year at Kamilo Point, on the southeast side of the Big Island. It’s pushed there by ocean currents and winds. Some other islands in the Pacific suffer from a similar problem, and there’s news this week of some alarming specifics.

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Plastic in the ocean is a serious pollution problem—and it’s getting worse. While many factors contribute to the issue, one growing concern is plastic water bottles. And one of the largest coastal cities in Asia is trying a new approach to cut down on the waste. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.