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VIDEO: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves of 7.25 Million Tons of Plastic Pollution

by , 06/17/14
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By now you’ve probably heard about the issue of ocean plastic pollution – but do you know just how pervasive the problem is? Every year we produce 300 million tons of plastic – and there’s currently 7.25 million tons of waste circulating the ocean in massive gyres like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In this inspiring TED talk teenager Boyan Slat shows just how bad our plastic problem is – and he proposes a brilliant solution. Watch the video above to find out what it is!

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  1. udaya bhanu June 22, 2014 at 6:30 am

    When travelling from Port Blair to Great Nicobar Islands, I have watched hundreds of plastic floats sticking to wooden pieces, leather and other floats.. Marine animals like baby tortoises, some other marine species playing and following these floats perhaps as stop by shelters.

    We cant clean the entire Ocean. But attempts must be made to make and equip all moving ships to clean and collect all plastics voluntarily and use them to generate heat/Energy or dispose safely.

    Ban on plastics usage, Banning dumping plastics in non-licenced areas, etc must be implemented not only by way of law enforcement but by way of substituting plastics by other materials that degrade faster.

    This is not only to save marine animals but save ourselves and SAVE HOMOSAPIENS… Another animal to be declared as extinct.

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