World's plastic waste mapped from space for the first time
"It's not about naming and shaming," but "empowering governments," with information to help tackle the problem, explained Fabien Laurier, a key architect of GPW.
The free, public tool, designed to help stop plastic from flowing into the ocean, has been "applauded" by the United Nations and is already being used by the government of Indonesia, the fifth highest contributor to ocean plastics.
"It is difficult to control what you cannot measure" or even locate, Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida from the United Nations Environment Programme told Sky News. She hoped governments would use the "cutting-edge" technology to reduce "plastic waste littering and open-dumping and burning of waste".