Listen: Ocean Cleanup Project Finally Making Waves
"From time to time on this program. We've checked in with buoyant slot. He's the Dutch engineer and environmentalist who's been working on a contraption to clean the great Pacific Garbage Patch. That's that's the floating debris field and the Pacific where one point eight trillion pieces of plastic have collected well. After many many setbacks boy and slots ocean cleanup project had some success right so thank you for joining us this week slot and his team presented a press conference to an online audience in a small. Oh crap of journalists gathered at the group's headquarters in Rotterdam. I am very proud to share with you that we're now catching plastics. Yes there's only two fence in a room with great. It is great but surely not the reaction that slot expected when he first dreamed up his plan to clean the ocean here slot explaining his original concept the first time we spoke in two thousand sixteen I envisioned an extremely long network of floating barriers there like curtains floating in the ocean and because it's an v-shaped the plus it gets pushed towards the center and that's the spot where we can efficiently extracted from the seawater and stored before shipping it to land for recycling well as we know slots idea didn't quite work as planned the path of progress wasn't exactly a straight line and we begun to refer to these issues that we had along the way as unscheduled learning opportunities and we had quite a few I i 's lot explained at the press conference. His device floated along with the oceans current at the same speed as the debris. It was meant to capture causing the system. Actually nuts collect any plastics mystics then late last year part of the structure itself fell apart forcing us to toews system back to port after six more months of tinkering the modified fight prototype was redeployed to the floating garbage patch and at this week's press briefing slot was long last able to share pictures of what the system has captured an enormous abandoned fishing net hard hats office chairs plastic forks and Y- car-tyre nobody that ended up there but if you're missing a wheel is let us know. Oh Boy am slot acknowledges that this batch of trash is only a small first step but by twenty twenty-five the ocean cleanup project hopes to cut the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in half."