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Did The Ocean Cleanup Project Fail?

Did The Ocean Cleanup Project Fail?

By Micah Moen 45 Comments November 10, 2019

You’ve probably seen this before. It was most likely one of those things you saw all over Facebook for about a week and then never heard of again. This is The Ocean Cleanup’s first autonomous system. It was launched back in September 2018 and we’ve not heard much from it since. But how is it […]

Ocean Heroes: What is a Gyre? — 5 Gyres Institute

Ocean Heroes: What is a Gyre? — 5 Gyres Institute

By Micah Moen 28 Comments October 31, 2019

So a Gyre is a natural phenomenon. A Gyre is simply a rotating current system that is comprised of the earth’s rotation, coupled with currents and prevailing winds. So it is essentially like a massive whirlpool, a vortex, in the oceans. Say a piece of floating plastic from California in the North Pacific Gyre, can […]

How Boyan Slat’s The Ocean Cleanup Was Derailed By A Flawed Design | NowThis

How Boyan Slat’s The Ocean Cleanup Was Derailed By A Flawed Design | NowThis

By Micah Moen 61 Comments October 17, 2019

I’ve Always been a maker. First, of course, things like treehouses zip lines and eventually it turned more into rockets and explosives. I always have my projects but they weren’t for useful. That really changed when I found this problem. My name is Boyan Slat and this is how I changed the world. When I […]

How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?

How Much Plastic is in the Ocean?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments August 13, 2019

[MUSIC] In January 1992, a cargo ship sailing from Hong Kong to Washington hit a storm, and twelve containers tumbled overboard, releasing a fleet of blue turtles, green frogs, red beavers, and yellow ducks. 28,800 animals, destined for bathtubs, now a lonely plastic navy, drifting in the Pacific Ocean. Then they started to float ashore. […]