A Kickstarter Idea To Clean The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Now A $49-Million Nonprofit. Scientists Still Don't Think It Will Work
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A skinny young man with a mop of dark hair takes the stage at a 2012 TEDx event. His name is Boyan Slat and he’s on a mission to rid the ocean of plastic. The audience listens in rapt silence as 18 year-old Slat lays out his concept for a device that captures plastic garbage passively before diverting it into a collector using the ocean’s currents.


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