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Posted on May 22, 2017 - 8:57am, by nwehner
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Via Politico

"“Cleaning up debris in gyres is nonsense,” Francois Galgani, an expert on marine litter at French research institute Ifremer, warned at a recent workshop on marine litter in the European Parliament.

Sailing to the middle of the ocean to clean up debris represents a very expensive and technology intensive solution to a very small part of the problem, experts say."

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Posted on May 18, 2017 - 2:23pm, by nwehner
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Via Edie

"The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit have today (18 May) launched a $2m innovation prize, calling on companies to create new ways of designing packaging that limits the amount of plastic polluting the oceans."

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Posted on May 16, 2017 - 2:22pm, by nwehner
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Via EurekAlert

"The beaches of one of the world's most remote islands have been found to be polluted with the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, in a study published in the prestigious US scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Despite being uninhabited and located more than 5000 kilometres from the nearest major population centre, Henderson Island is littered with an estimated 37.7 million pieces of plastic."

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Posted on May 15, 2017 - 10:32am, by nwehner
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Via The Inertia

"Another issue the project’s critics pose is that the Ocean Cleanup Project takes away from the real problem: the amount of plastic that enters the ocean. “It’s not the best solution,” Marcus Eriksen of the LA-based 5 Gyres Institute told Science. “In fact, it’s a distraction from the work going on upstream.”"

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Posted on May 13, 2017 - 11:41am, by abrown
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Via The News Minute

"India is all set to opt for automatic observation of pollution in the ocean to crunch data that will aid the tourism industry and could also come in handy in countering allegations levelled by developed nations against the country being a major polluter, according to a scientist."

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Posted on May 11, 2017 - 3:33pm, by abrown
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Via WPTV West Palm Beach

"Galvin is walking 400 miles in 20 days down the eastern coast of Florida to pick up trash.  More importantly, he wants to bring awareness to a worldwide issue of plastic in the oceans and along the shorelines."

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Posted on May 11, 2017 - 1:44pm, by nwehner
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Via Science

"Skeptics say the idea doesn’t make much sense and that collecting trash closer to shore would be more cost effective. “Focusing clean-up at those gyres, in the opinion of most of the scientific community, is a waste of effort,” says marine biologist Jan van Franeker of Wageningen Marine Research in the Netherlands. “It’s a lot of money to reduce something that disappears in 10 to 20 years, if you stop the input.” His research on seabirds showed a 75% decline of ingested plastic over 2 decades after reductions in industrial plastic entering the North Sea. Critics also worry that the high-tech clean-up project could distract from less glamorous efforts to lessen the use of plastic."

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