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World’s First Ocean Cleaning System is Set to be Deployed


Finally, our dear earthlings, it seems that there is a project under way to clean your planet’s precious oceans. No, it’s not idealistic-minded environmentalists who are making it happen (they’ve never been listened to anyway), but a project called The Ocean Cleanup, which is lead by its 20-year old founder Boyan Slat and is set to create a deployment that will become longest floating structure in world history (see pictures above and below).

The concept will be tested with a system that will span 2000 meters, thereby becoming the longest floating structure ever deployed in the ocean (beating the current record of 1000 m held by the Tokyo Mega-Float). It will be operational for at least two years, catching plastic pollution before it reaches the shores of the proposed deployment location of Tsushima island.

The scale of the plastic pollution problem, whereby in the case of Tsushima island, approximately one cubic meter of pollution per person is washed up each year, has led the Japanese the local government to seek innovative solutions to the problem, and that’s how the Ocean Cleanup came into sight.

The good thing that it seems to be really happening. Within five years, after a series of deployments of increasing scale, they plan to deploy a 100km-long system to clean up about half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, between Hawaii and California. I pray they be succesful.

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via The Ocean Cleanup

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