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Coral reefs are under threat from billions of pieces of plastic. Reefs that are clogged with plastic are 20-times more likely to be diseased than plastic-free corals.

Learn about the full scale of the world's plastic problem and its impact on wildlife, exploring ways in which science can offer a solution.

In order to safeguard the unique biodiversity of the Mergui Archipelago in southern Myanmar, scientists are examining the health of the coral reefs with a view to finding solutions that will ensure sustainable development in the region.

The Mergui Archipelago had been closed to foreigners for nearly 50 years. Now, scientists are exploring the marine environment there. They've found that over the last few years, a lot of damage has been done.