A floating device created to clean up plastic from the ocean is finally doing its job, organizers say

The Netherlands-based nonprofit the Ocean Cleanup says its latest prototype was able to capture and hold debris ranging in size from huge, abandoned fishing gear, known as “ghost nets,” to tiny microplastics as small as 1 millimeter.

…The Ocean Cleanup system is a U-shaped barrier with a net-like skirt that hangs below the surface of the water. It moves with the current and collects faster moving plastics as they float by. Fish and other animals will be able to swim beneath it.

The new prototype added a parachute anchor to slow the system and increased the size of a cork line on top of the skirt to keep the plastic from washing over it.

It’s been deployed in “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” — a concentration of trash located between Hawaii and California that’s about double the size of Texas, or three times the size of France.

Ocean Cleanup plans to build a fleet of these devices, and predicts it will be able to reduce the size of the patch by half every five years.

A floating device created to clean up plastic from the ocean is finally doing its job, organizers say – CNN

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Buttigieg Wrong About Climate Change’s Effect on Oceans – FactCheck.org

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg inaccurately said that “we could lose half the world’s oxygen because of what’s going on in the oceans.”

…Climate change does pose a threat to oceans, including by reducing the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water, which in some places could be cut in half. But globally, oceans are projected to lose only 1%-7% of their oxygen, and the world’s atmospheric oxygen supply is not at risk.

Buttigieg Wrong About Climate Change’s Effect on Oceans – FactCheck.org

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No need to cut down red and processed meat for health reasons, controversial findings suggest

“We focused exclusively on health outcomes, and did not consider animal welfare or environmental concerns when making our recommendations.

“We are however sympathetic to animal welfare and environmental concerns with a number of the guideline panel members having eliminated or reduced their personal red and processed meat intake for these reasons.”

No need to cut down red and processed meat for health reasons, controversial findings suggest — ScienceDaily

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