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    19 Year old develops plan to clean up oceans in 5 years

    Post  THEeXchanger on Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:27 am

    Ingenious 19-year-old Develops Plan to Clean up Oceans in 5 Years
    September 13, 2013 | Filed under: Environment,News | Posted by: Amanda Froelich
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    By: Amanda Froelich,

    True Activist.

    With millions of tons of garbage dumped into the oceans annually
    and repeat incidence of oil spills like the Deepwater Horizon Disaster,
    it’s the Ocean which has taken the brunt of unsustainable methods from man.

    In effect, it’s estimated almost 100,000 marine animals are killed
    due to debris entanglement and continually rising pollution.

    To a degree, individual lessening of consumerism and utilizing sustainable methods
    to re-use and eliminate waste is very beneficial.

    However, reducing the already-toxic state of the Earth
    is the biggest concern of environmentalists and engineers,
    seeking to utilize the technological advances already available.

    To this avail, it was 19-year-young Boyan Slat that ingeniously created the Ocean Array Plan,
    a project that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic from the world’s oceans
    in just five years.

    Slat’s idea consists of an anchored network of floating booms
    and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world.

    Working with the flow of nature, his solution to the problematic shifting of trash
    is to have the array span the radius of a garbage patch,
    acting as a giant funnel as the ocean moves through it.

    The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms,
    where it would be separated from smaller forms, such as plankton,
    and be filtered and stored for recycling.

    The issue of by-catches, killing life forms in the procedure of cleaning trash,
    can be virtually eliminated by using booms instead of nets
    and it will result in a larger areas covered.
    Because of trash’s density compared to larger sea animals,
    the use of booms will allow creatures to swim under the booms unaffected,
    reducing wildlife death substantially.

    Economically, the Ocean Array Project also rises to the top
    due to its sustainable construct; it’s completely self-supportive,
    by receiving energy from the sun, currents, and waves.
    By also letting the platforms’ wings sway like an actual manta ray,
    contact with inlets in the roughest weather can be ensured.
    It’s a plan that merges environmental safety with thoroughly thought out processes.

    Inspired to tackle global issues of sustainability,
    Boyan began by launching a project at school that analyzed the size
    and amount of plastic particles in the ocean’s garbage patches;
    his final paper went on to win several prizes,
    including Best Technical Design 2012 at the Delft University of Technology.
    Continuing the development of his concept during the summer of 2012,
    he revealed it several months later at TEDxDelft2012.

    Slat took his well-planned project further by then founding
    The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organization responsible
    for the development of proposed technologies.
    Aside from saving thousands of animals and reducing chemicals (like PCB and DDT)
    from building up in the food chain,
    it could also save millions of dollars a year due to clean-up costs,
    lost tourism, and damage to marine vessels.
    His undeterred passion to create healthier oceans has possibility
    to beneficially impact the lives of the entire world.

    Although extensive feasibility studies are currently being conducted,
    it has been estimated that through the selling of plastic retrieved
    over the five years, the money would surpass the initial cost to execute the project.

    In other words, it may even be potentially profitable.
    Because the main deterrent to implement large scale cleanup projects
    is due to the financial cost, this solution could perhaps pave ways
    for future innovations of global cleanup to also be invented.

    While the project process would take five years,
    it’s a span that could continue to increase the world’s awareness of garbage patches,
    as well as the importance of recycling and reducing consumption of plastic packaging.

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    Re: 19 Year old develops plan to clean up oceans in 5 years

    Post  THEeXchanger on Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:39 pm

    Please see

    and links therein as for why this idea,
    while noble, is likely to do more harm than good.

    The answer is to change our own behavior.

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