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The Pacific Garbage patch, a gyre that is larger than the entire continent of Australia is only one of the incredibly heart-breaking results of our culture of mass consumption. For hundreds of millions of square miles all around, plastic, sometimes feet thick, has swirled into a sort of vacuum.
But the Pacific Ocean is not alone – once tropical and pristine Caribbean islands are now being littered with plastic products washing up on their shores daily. The world’s other oceans also contain they’re own versions of garbage and plastic patches – and it is killing one of our main sources of sustaining life on Earth – our water.
But now, a 20 year old thinks he has possibly invented a way to rid the world’s oceans of plastics.
"There is no doubt that the amount of plastic in the world's oceans is troubling, but this kind of exaggeration undermines the credibility of scientists," White said. "We have data that allow us to make reasonable estimates; we don't need the hyperbole. Given the observed concentration of plastic in the North Pacific, it is simply inaccurate to state that plastic outweighs plankton, or that we have observed an exponential increase in plastic." White has pored over published literature and participated in one of the few expeditions solely aimed at understanding the abundance of plastic debris and the associated impact of plastic on microbial communities. That expedition was part of research funded by the National Science Foundation through C-MORE, the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (cmore.soest.hawaii.edu...). The studies have shown is that if you look at the actual area of the plastic itself, rather than the entire North Pacific subtropical gyre, the hypothetically "cohesive" plastic patch is actually less than 1 percent of the geographic size of Texas. "The amount of plastic out there isn't trivial," White said. "But using the highest concentrations ever reported by scientists produces a patch that is a small fraction of the state of Texas, not twice the size."
originally posted by: Misterlondon
Not everyone can watch video. Can you please provide a quick synopsis of what the video contains and what his idea is.
Last June, an intrepid teenaged environmentalist made headlines after developing The Ocean Cleanup, described as the “world’s first feasible concept to clean the oceans of plastic.”
Boyan Slat, a Dutch former aerospace engineering student, said his plastic-capturing concept can clean half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in a decade. The project was inspired after the young man took a diving trip in Greece in 2011 and saw more plastic in the water than fish.
The design involves a static platform that passively corrals plastics as wind and ocean currents push debris through V-shaped booms that are 100 kilometers long. The floating filters would catch all the plastic off the top three meters of water where the concentration of plastic is the highest, while allowing fish and other marine life to pass under without getting caught. Besides natural currents, the self-sufficient platform would also be powered by 162 solar panels.
originally posted by: FlySolo
a reply to: butcherguy
You know what I can't stand, not that you care...is when people like you seem to think pointing at a scientific discrepancy helps anything when all you're doing is pooping on an idea instead of contributing a solution. You're fired, pack your things and get out.
YOU are promoting IGNORANCE by highlighting moot insignificant points.