GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH GROWING RAPIDLY, STUDY SHOWS
New analysis reveals the region contains as much as sixteen times more plastic than previously estimated, with pollution levels increasing exponentially.
Delft, the Netherlands, March 22, 2018 - 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – and it is rapidly getting worse. These are the main conclusions of a three year mapping effort conducted by an international team of scientists affiliated with The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, six universities and an aerial sensor company. Their findings were published today in the journal Scientific Reports. For more details about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, see our dedicated page.
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VIDEOS - INTERVIEWS, ANIMATION, B-ROLL
- INTERVIEW Boyan Slat, Founder & CEO - The story behind the new results on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch 7min28 6,1 GB
- ANIMATION The Great Pacific Garbage Patch - Animation by in60seconds 2min41 235,3 MB
- INTERVIEW Laurent Lebreton, Lead Oceanographer - About this research 2min32 3,3 GB
- B-Roll Various footage of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch research - Mega Expedition, Aerial Expedition, Laboratory 5min59 4,9 GB