Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Smart kid saves the oceans

Saw it on the internet. Don't know anything about this website, but I really hope this Ocean Cleanup Array is real and that it works.

19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling.[...]

It is estimated that the clean-up process would take about five years, and it could greatly increase awareness about the world’s plastic garbage patches.
The process would make the patches visible. Hard to believe it could happen that fast but the kid is organized. He also started up The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organization which is responsible for the development of his proposed technologies. Wish the nightly news would be investigating this instead of obsessing on the latest drama in the Amanda Knox case.

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Blogger Mule Breath said...

Most plastics are recyclable. I wonder why the story states that the harvested garbage will be hauled to a dump? I hope either the story is simply misquoting or the dumps are actually multi-functioning facilities.

8:03:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Wait. Did I miss something. It said the plastic would be recycled in the clip.

8:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mule Breath said...

Might have been me missing something, but the text reads "processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world".

Perhaps that means that the platforms could travel to the garbage, and not the garbage sent to paatches. My misunderstanding probably.

7:51:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Pretty sure they're bringing the platforms to the garbage. That's been the problem with clean-up. It's broken down into invisible particles.

12:55:00 PM  

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