You might remember this post on Plastic Gobblers.
Less than impressed:
Marvellous machines to turn the oceans from garbage patches to lakes of unicorn tears – (Note that the Daily Mail article is based on 6 month old press releases…)
Comments by people who DO know something about it, rather than 19 year old con men -
And I’d note that the greenie journalist idiots have even spooked our intrepid ‘inventor’ – (from his website)
PLEASE READ THIS FIRST
The last couple of days several (spontaneous) articles have been published, claiming The Ocean Cleanup Array is a ‘feasible method’ of extracting plastic from the gyres.
This is an incorrect statement; we are currently only at about 1/4th of completing our feasibility study. Only after finishing that study, we believe such statements should be made. Although the preliminary results look promising, and our team of about 50 engineers, modellers, external experts and students is making good progress, we had and have no intention of presenting a concept as a feasible solution while still being in investigative phase.
Please stay tuned for this study, which will be published online in several months’ time. We kindly request the press to refrain from any further publication, until all assumptions of this concept have been confirmed.
Even the assertion that there is a ‘problem’ is dubious, we simply have no data and no idea. Note that the ‘garbage patches’ do not show up on any satellite imagery, and cannot be photographed. Hence the use of emotive photos of garbage on beaches and dead birds.
Wikipedia is surprisingly muted on the subject…
Pacific patch -
These terrifying heaps of concentrated plastic garbage are actually tiny plastic particles at or near the surface, sampled at a typical density/concentration of 5.1 milligrams per sq. m of sea surface…..
Or if you prefer both numbers as an area, about 8 sq m of plastic per sq km of ocean.