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This 21-year-old student came up with a brilliant idea for cleaning up the ocean

1Eight million tons of floating plastic debris enter the ocean from land every year. This trash is extremely harmful to marine animals: larger creatures get hopelessly tangled in abandoned fishing gear while smaller animals mistakenly eat pieces of plastic. And the situation is not getting better. But, the 21-year-old Dutch inventor and aerospace engineering student Boyan Slat seems to have found a solution.

He and his team have designed a technology that could potentially clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years. We all sincerely hope that Boyan will succeed in making the world a little tidier.

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This year, Boyan’s organization,The Ocean Cleanup hopes to pilot test a one-mile barrier in waters between Japan and South Korea, near the island group of Tsushima. It is one of the most polluted areas in the world.

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The brilliance of this concept lies in the fact that a network of floating walls would work with the oceans’ currents, making the whole system self-sufficient. Inflatable barriers won’t harm marine life that can safely swim underneath them, and will catch the debris floating on the water surface. A similar amount of trash would have taken humanity about 70,000 years to clean up using boats!

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The plan for the next 5 years is to hold a series of trial runs, and then, all being well, the 62-mile Great Pacific Cleanup will launch in 2020.

The Ocean Clean Up- The Beginning.

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