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Young Man May Have Found Way To Rid The World’s Oceans of Plastic

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posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 07:33 AM
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Young Man May Have Found Way To Rid The World’s Oceans of Plastic

Always great appreciation for them who think ahead of the rest of us and have at heart the well being of this planet.


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.


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posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 07:41 AM
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What about the Turtles and Jelly Fish?

Was this a question?



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 07:57 AM
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Not everyone can watch video. Can you please provide a quick synopsis of what the video contains and what his idea is.
Thanks



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 08:12 AM
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a reply to: Telos
Larger than the entire continent of Australia?
Apparently that is very debatable..


"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."

Sorry... from Science Daily.com

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posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 08:30 AM
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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.
Thanks


But you can still read the link, right? Anyway, here is some info:


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.



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 08:31 AM
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a reply to: Telos

It's good to see someone is working on this. I hope they figure it out, get it working and work out any of the "bugs" in the system.



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 08:33 AM
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So use a giant pool filters in the oceans? That's the genius idea?
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posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 08:38 AM
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Net it and drop it in live volcano from helicopters.



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 08:41 AM
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Quotes from the video:

In places in the worlds oceans there are six times more plastic than plankton.

Over a hundred thousand mammals and a million birds are killed each year by that same plastic.

Entire species are threatened.

His solution is first, the flow of new plastic to the ocean has to be stopped (tell that to the industrial shipping, fishing and tourism industry).

Most plastics are within three meters of the surface. The solution, floating booms. A 100 KM boom "system" for ten years can collect half the garbage in the Pacific ocean. Recycling that back to oil and covers of books for instance.

Remembering that no new garbage is being added because of some strict rules that keep ships and other island industries from dumping the crap to sea. How they plan on accomplishing that is yet to be revealed.



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 09:02 AM
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Yeah cool that will help contain the radiation from Fukushima as well
Why does fukushima sound like a swear word

who is going to pay for it, the US, Japanese, the South Americans?



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 09:32 AM
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What a terrible situation..........

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posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 09:37 AM
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The Australians.

a reply to: borntowatch



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 11:08 AM
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Well I dont know who will pay for it but I will pitch in. Would be very naive and snootish to think our own consumer habits have not contributed to this. None has to have actually taken garbage to the sea and dumped it to be partially responsible for it ending up there. Many of the trash that falls into the stormwater systems end up in the ocean.
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posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 11:14 AM
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Sweet great job Kid!


now all he needs to do
is figure out how to rid the ocean
of all the radiation being pumped into it.

if its not 1 thing
its another..... isn't it



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 11:17 AM
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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.



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 12:03 PM
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It nice to know someone is actually thinking about cleaning the oceans. I think the amount of waste we produce is alarming. I'm amazed how much garbage just my family accumulates in a week. To think how much waste is being buried or dropped into the oceans is alarming!!!

The world scientists really needs to put their heads together and solve this problem. Instead of spending trillions on weapons used to kill people, maybe we should put that energy and money into preserving this planet. You can have trillions invested in weapons to defend your country, but there will be nothing to defend if we continue to pollute this rock that we live on.



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 12:13 PM
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a reply to: Telos

There are a few more videos on it in this thread.

19-Year-old invents feasible solution to cleanup ocean garbage patches



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 12:33 PM
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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.

I posted what a scientist said about it.

He says that he doesn't want to belittle the problem....
BUT LYING ABOUT IT DOES NO ONE ANY GOOD.

You call it a scientific discrepancy.
Saying that there is an island of plastic the size of Australia is out there in the Pacific when in reality it is 1% of the size of Texas is not just a discrepancy. It is a person making things up, and when people make things up, other people tend not to believe them any more.

What do we say here? Promote ignorance????



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 12:45 PM
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a reply to: butcherguy

Because it's your personality type to immediately gripe about that instead of being horrified about what's really in our oceans. The size of the garbage is a moot point in terms of detracting from what the real underlying issue is and the fact that the oceans ARE full of garbage. It's energy wasted to point out flaws in the science when CLEARLY there is an outstanding problem occurring and YOU are promoting IGNORANCE by highlighting moot insignificant points.



posted on Apr, 20 2015 @ 12:58 PM
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a reply to: FlySolo

I made sure to highlight in red that the person I quoted thinks that it is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.
If you think that letting incredible hyperbole like inflating the size in this manner is the best way to go, good for you.

I prefer the truth.




YOU are promoting IGNORANCE by highlighting moot insignificant points.

Insignificant?
Have you read anything?
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