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Spotting plastic waste from space and counting the fish in the seas: here’s how AI can help protect the oceans

Humans are expert pattern-finders. But artificial intelligence tools are better at trawling through vast data sets to find anything from waste dumps to heat-tolerant corals.
The mismanagement of plastic waste is one of the main causes of plastic pollution in nature. Larina Marina/Shutterstock

Why the UK needs to stop exporting plastic waste

Many countries export their plastic waste abroad – but the mismanagement of this plastic waste is one of the leading causes of plastic pollution in nature.
People fish in the Vaal River but are not always aware of the risks associated with microplastic pollution. Grobler du Preez/Shutterstock

Fish in a major South African river are full of microplastics

The Vaal River, which serves more than 11 million people, is considerably polluted with microplastics.
The sticky biofilms that form on microplastics can harbor disease-causing pathogens and help them spread. Tunatura/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Disease-causing parasites can hitch a ride on plastics and potentially spread through the sea, new research suggests

Normally land-bound pathogens that cause deadly diseases for both humans and animals can cling to microplastics and end up in your seafood.

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