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Every year, eight million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean, threatening just about every marine species and ecosystem. As the global population grows and countries develop, this is only going to increase, eventually threatening us as well—if it isn’t already.

Founded in 2013 by Boyan Slat, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands, The Ocean Cleanup has been dubbed “the largest cleanup in history.” With the help of a growing list of international partners as well as some advanced technology, Ocean Cleanup’s mission is to help remove the five trillion pieces of plastic currently in the ocean, with deployment scheduled for next year.

In August 2017, the project finalized the design for a u-shaped buoy made of high-density polyethylene nearly two kilometers in length, with a screen extending a few meters below. The system will be positioned based on a series of data points like ocean currents, weather, and location of the plastic and nets. These data points are fed into an algorithm to determine the buoy’s ideal point of deployment.

Read the full article on the massive project to clean up the ocean here.

By  for the Singularity Hub.


Responsibility of the individual diver. Save our reefs one dive at a time!

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Scuba diving gives us the huge privilege of having direct interaction with the marine environment. Every time we dive in we expose ourselves to the unknown, and though we may have some expectations in mind, it is that element of surprise, the uniqueness of each dive and our appreciation of the underwater world that keeps us going back.

As divers we are able to see first-hand the changes our oceans are going through. Marine debris, overfishing and climate change have direct effects on marine ecosystems and equally on our diving experience. Have you ever thought of the risks to the environment posed by the diving industry?

Reef-Word Foundation outlines several actions that each diver or snorkeler can embrace to take his/her diving experience one step further and to be an environmentally conscious diver.

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