This week a giant floating device aiming to catch plastic waste was deployed again in a second attempt to clean up a huge garbage island swirling in the Pacific Ocean.
Well-known fact that three quarters of the world’s population live in the coastal zone, but not everyone has a notion how deep the oceans suffer from the effects of human activity and large-scale pollution. The tide zone disappears due to the factories construction, port facilities, tourist complexes. The water area is constantly polluted by household and industrial wastewater, pesticides, hydrocarbons. Heavy metals are found in the body of deep-sea (3 km) fish and arctic penguins. Every year about 10 billion tons of waste are brought into the ocean by rivers, sources are silted, the seas dry up, the oceans are blooming. These every environmental problem requires a solution.
Researchers alarms that people’s enormous appetite for fish leads to transforming much of the world’s oceans into aquatic desert.