World Ocean's Day: Check out these amazing inventions currently cleaning our oceans

Mail Online | 6/4/2019 | Ben Rabinovich
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Despite its sheer size, you don’t even have to dive beneath the surface of the ocean to see the damage man-made pollution has made and continues to make.

One only has to look between California and Hawaii, to an area of trash referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage patch, the size of Texas, to understand the impact humans are having.

Seeing - Stats - Damning - Story - World

If seeing isn't believing then the stats tell their own damning story. The World Economic Forum stated in 2016 that every minute, a garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into the ocean.

According to UNESCO, more than 220 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year. Ocean dead zones, areas that have incredibly low levels of oxygen, now number 500 and cover 245,000 sq. km, which is the size of the United Kingdom.

Efforts - Effects - Anthropocene - Era - Humans

More and more efforts are being made to tackle the damaging effects of the Anthropocene era. Humans’ drive to innovate may have brought about the epoch, but now the same drive is being used to come up with amazing technology to counteract it.

To mark World Oceans Day, here are seven amazing innovations that are being used to clean the ocean.

Innovations - Ocean - Cleanup - Project - Brainchild

One of the more high-profile innovations, the Ocean Cleanup Project is the brainchild of 24-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat. He came up with it as a way of tackling the trash making up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The project involved using a $20million 2,000 feet-long unmanned floating pipe called Wilson, curved into the shape of a U by the currents, that would ‘eat up’ the trash in the Garbage Patch like Pac-Man. It was let loose in September 2018.

January - Winds - Wilson - Land - Repairs

However, by January, strong winds had damaged Wilson enough for it to be returned back to dry land for repairs. Despite this Slat remained optimistic, telling NBC News at...
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