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I have no personal experience with the NP gyre, thankfully, but having made the sail from Hawaii to SF twice, I have successfully gone around it. Even back then, it was reputed to have a lot of garbage in it, and there were tales of a few who were stuck without wind and couldn't power for some days because of the garbage.
In my numerous voyages through the Med in the '70s and '80s, I encountered literal 'rivers' of plastic bags. I called the Med southern Europe's garbage can.
This stuff isn't new, it is just getting worse. Lately, however, I have noticed a drastic reduction in the number of stores and markets down here that put their sales in plastic bags; you must have your own or buy the plastic ones at an unreasonably high cost. Some of the take out places have switched from styrofoam containers to cardboard.
So, while the first world talks, some of the third world countries are actually doing something! Good on them.
Buenos Aires Argentina is among those who don't permit free or single use plastic bags. Makes quite a difference and is eminently "do-able". #BanTheBag!
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Re: Drifting with the current.

It is my humble, uneducated and sincere opinion that we are too focused on global warming, and not focused enough on pollution.

Over the last three and a half billion years, mother nature has proven herself quite capable of handling our planet's ever-changing climate. Pollution ... not as much.
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It is my humble, uneducated and sincere opinion that we are too focused on global warming, and not focused enough on pollution.

Over the last three and a half billion years, mother nature has proven herself quite capable of handling our planet's ever-changing climate. Pollution ... not as much.
Absolutely 1000000% agree with you.
The GW focus allows us to blame big companies... but the pollution focus allowed us to become more vigilant... and be more critical of other countries that pollute the world.

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Re: Drifting with the current.

"Results were not as good as expected,"
IIRC the boom broke, the collection was insignificant, and the tug was going to tow the whole thing to Hawaii for...well, let's say disposal if they don't find a way to massively change it. It wasn't up to the basic structural needs to stay in one piece at sea.
I'd call it a massive fail, but even that is a success since it proves "We need a bigger hammer". I'm not sure if the entire concept falls under the heading of "magical thinking" or if it ever could work. Considering the massive amounts of plastic and damage from it found even in places like Wake Island, I wish the guy luck but I don't see the odds.
Maersk wins either way. GREAT PR for a "dirty" industry trying to clean up, and I'm sure 100% tax deductible as either a donation of services, or a marketing expense.
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