caption Boyan Slat talks to reporters before the Ocean Cleanup launches their first array. source The Ocean Cleanup / Pierre Augier On Saturday, September 8, the Ocean Cleanup launched the first of the arrays they hope to use to clear plastic pollution from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There’s a stunning amount of plastic in the oceans, with much of it concentrated in one of five regions, called gyres, like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Dutch innovator Boyan Slat started the Ocean Cleanup to design ways to clean these regions. But while many find Slat’s efforts to clean up plastic inspiring, experts have also raised serious questions about the project. “There will always be people saying things can’t be done,” said Slat. For the first time ever, the massive 2,000-foot-long array that Dutch 24-year-old Boyan Slat created to clean plastic out of the world’s oceans is being put to the test. Five years ago, Slat … [Read more...] about What the creators of the giant plastic-cleaning system headed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch say to critics who doubt them
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source The Ocean Cleanup SAN FRANCISCO – It’s finally in the water. For five years now, The Ocean Cleanup, an organization founded by 24-year-old Dutch innovator Boyan Slat, has been trying to create a system that can clean plastic out of the world’s oceans. There’s a mind-boggling amount of plastic in the oceans, and that amount grows every day. At least 8 million metric tons of plastic pours into the sea every year – a number that’s considered a low estimate, since it doesn’t include commonly found debris like fishing nets. As this trash breaks down into tinier and tinier bits, much of it is eventually carried into one of five massive ocean regions, where plastic can be so concentrated that areas have garnered names like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. On Saturday, Slat’s organization began the journey out to sea with their first official 2,000-foot-long plastic cleaning array, System 001. The ship the Maersk … [Read more...] about The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 24-year-old is headed out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — here’s what the launch looked like
By Olga R. Rodriguez The Associated Press Sat., Sept. 8, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO— Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean. The 600-metre-long floating boom was being towed from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an island of trash twice the size of Texas. The system was created by The Ocean Cleanup, an organization founded by Boyan Slat, a 24-year-old innovator from the Netherlands who first became passionate about cleaning the oceans when he went scuba diving at age 16 in the Mediterranean Sea and saw more plastic bags than fish. “The plastic is really persistent and it doesn’t go away by itself and the time to act is now,” Slat said, adding that researchers with his organization found plastic going back to the 1960s and 1970s bobbing in … [Read more...] about Massive floating barrier set to corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic garbage patch
caption Boyan Slat sits in a floater segment of the first cleanup system. source The Ocean Cleanup There’s a mind-boggling amount of trash in the world’s oceans, with much of it collected in five regions known as gyres. On September 8, a group called The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy a plastic clean-up system to the largest of those gyres, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The system was designed by 24-year-old Dutch innovator Boyan Slat. A number of experts argue that the clean-up system won’t work and will do more harm than good. The best solution might be stopping plastic before it gets into the water. On September 8, a massive and controversial plastic-cleaning system will be launched into the Pacific Ocean. The goal of the system, created by The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by 24-year-old Dutch innovator Boyan Slat, is to remove plastic debris from the now-famous marine area known as the … [Read more...] about A 24-year-old is going ahead with a controversial plan to trap plastic floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Some experts are worried.
CHOSHI (AFP) - Having once vowed never to attempt such madness again, Ben Lecomte is set to take on giant waves, sharks and a pile of floating garbage the size of Texas in a perilous quest to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Faced with an epic 9,000-kilometre adventure, his bid to become the first swimmer to accomplish the daunting feat begins in Japan and is expected to take more than six months, finishing in San Francisco. Part adventure, part scientific research, Lecomte and his eight-person support team will conduct a host of marine experiments as they seek to raise awareness of ocean pollution and plastic contamination. Two days after turning 51, Lecomte will enter the waters off Japan's east coast on Tuesday (June 5), after which the swimmer will be at the mercy of the elements. The danger of sharks and paralysing jellyfish also lurks - but the Texas-based architect tweaks the nose of fear. "I like to push my personal limit and try to find what that is," Lecomte told AFP in an … [Read more...] about Swimmer faces sharks, massive garbage patch on record Pacific crossing