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It’s April on Shiraishi Island in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. The nights are still crisp, dipping to 4 degrees Celsius, but the sky is clear and the stars arc over the beach like thousands of glittery sequins on a pop idol’s stage dress. The constellations are so prominent, even a young child can pick out the Big Dipper.

And the days are splendid: sunny with the promise of oncoming summer fun. But if you looks out at the glittering sea, it sparkles ominously. The glints are not a result of the water but of a flotilla of PET bottles headed for our shores, an environmental Armageddon that has been going on for years.

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