Noah J Nelson on Tuesday, Mar. 26th
It’s out there: millons of tons of plastic in the ocean. Masses of waste that might, one day, doom us all. (Good morning!) We’re not hopeless yet, however, and a teenager just might have the answer:
19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel. The angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling.