great pacific garbage patch
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is teeming with plastic trash.
Ben Lecomte plans to spend eight hours a day in the water for five to six months.
And there's up to 16 times more trash than scientists had thought.
The enormous swathe of marine pollution could contain "millions of plastic particles per square kilometer,” oceanographer Charles Moore says.
These projects are helping take out the trash.
Kamilo Point shows just how dire the world's plastic pollution problem really is.
A young inventor has a cleanup plan -- but he has to understand the enormity first.
Team Uniting Nations will be competing again this year in the fastest ocean row boat on the Pacific, "Danielle," but with
About 30 years ago, then-construction worker Chris Pallister discovered that some of the most remote shorelines in America were also the most polluted. The cause? Currents off the infamous North Pacific Gyre -- the site of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- propel a disproportionate amount of detrius towards Alaska's coasts.
Many would say the "plastic pollution awakening" happened in 1997, when Captain Charles Moore discovered the swirling soup of plastic debris in the Pacific's northeastern gyre -- known by many as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Only about 1 percent of the plastic estimated to reside in the oceans has been accounted for by the five major floating garbage
Given that we produce 300 million tons of plastic every year and the National Academy of Sciences estimates 0.1 percent of it ends up in the ocean, researcher Marcus Erikson says he knows there's more. Way more.