The Ocean Cleanup: a passive method of catching plastic debris

A 19-year-old entrepreneur has developed an offshore structure that captures plastic debris floating in the world's oceans.

Boyan Slat paused his Aerospace Engineering study to completely focus his efforts on "The Ocean Cleanup," an array of floating barriers that catches and concentrate the plastic, enabling a platform to efficiently extract it afterwards.

Nearly 90% of all rubbish floating in the world's oceans is plastic. It is killing marine life, and polluting shores and beaches around the planet. Slat believes that instead of wasting energy by going after the plastics, we should simply wait for the plastic to come to us.

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Maya Gabeira: showing her eco-friendly smile | Photo: Oceana/BrianBielmann

Big wave surfer Maya Gabeira is supporting Oceana, the largest international ocean conservation organization.

The Brazilian charger will patronize the opening of Oceana's new office in her country, with a new public service announcement in which she invites everyone to "help the oceans catch a break."

"I started surfing when I was 14. I've spent a lot of time in the ocean since then. I get to share that environment with all the animals - turtles, sharks, fish, everything that lives there. It's crazy not to protect it. Let's help the oceans catch a break," says Gabeira.

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Oceans: 90% is still unmapped

The World Oceans Day is celebrated on the 8th June. What should we know about the body of saline water that covers two-thirds of the planet's surface?

Earth is the only planet that is known to have large stable bodies of liquid water on its surface. Oceans generate most of the oxygen we breathe, and they regulate our climate.

Oceans clean the water we drink and offer a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines. The Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern (Antarctic), and Arctic Oceans cover approximately 72% of the planet's surface.

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