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    Default ...ocean-cleanup device broke down in the Pacific Garbage Patch. What went wrong?

    Aria Bendix and Aylin Woodward
    April 1, 2019

    Our oceans are teeming with plastic, and the problem is getting worse by the day.
    On average, 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year, though the maximum amount could be closer to 12.7 million metric tons. That's equivalent to the weight of 2 million elephants. The amount of plastic in the ocean could triple in the next decade, posing serious danger to marine ecosystems and the communities that are economically dependent on them.
    Nowhere is this crisis more visible than in the Pacific Ocean — the location of a trash-filled vortex that's more than twice the size of Texas. The widening gyre, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is said to contain more than 1.8 trillion pieces of floating plastic, or the equivalent of 250 pieces of debris for every person on Earth.

    Continue reading: https://www.businessinsider.com/grea...roblems-2019-4

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    Default Re: ...ocean-cleanup device broke down in the Pacific Garbage Patch. What went wrong?

    Sounds like there may still be a ray of hope for its success. Baby steps!
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    Default Re: ...ocean-cleanup device broke down in the Pacific Garbage Patch. What went wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    . Baby steps!
    Right now we need giant steps!

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    Default Re: ...ocean-cleanup device broke down in the Pacific Garbage Patch. What went wrong?

    This young man deserves a lot of credit for his dedication and persistence to clean up the ocean. Kudos to him. When I became aware of the magnitude of the problem, I began supporting an organization, called 4ocean, which traps and removes plastics from rivers and tributaries, stopping it before it flows into the ocean. It takes the whole village to tackle these problems.

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    Default Re: ...ocean-cleanup device broke down in the Pacific Garbage Patch. What went wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Wizard View Post
    It takes the whole village to tackle these problems.
    And it takes international cooperation to stop the pollution and begin to reverse the damage. Nations that border on oceans are not alone in their responsibility for cleanup. Trash that finds its way into rivers will eventually flow into the world's oceans.
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