GOOD NEWS, from Forbes.com:
“Ambitious dreams have now become a reality as the Ocean Cleanup deploys its $20 million system designed to clean up the 1.8 trillion pieces of trash floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Check out another Forbes piece on how Ocean Cleanup aims to reuse and recycle the ocean plastic.
The floating boom system was deployed on Saturday from San Francisco Bay and will undergo several weeks of testing before being hauled into action. The system was designed by the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup, which was founded in 2013 by 18-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat. Their mission is to develop “advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.”
There’s many unanswered questions – will the effort harm marine life (due to the nets from the booms)? Will it really remove nearly half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? In any event, this is something to applaud – any and all efforts should be applauded and encouraged. Of course, the most encouraging thing would be for everyone to use less plastic…