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    Great Pacific garbage patch: giant plastic trap put to sea again


    Individual initiative gathers support from a wide variety of sources.
    Boyan Slat, creator of the Ocean Cleanup project, announced on Twitter that a 600 metre (2,000ft) long floating boom that broke apart late last year was sent back to the Great Pacific garbage patch this week after four months of repair.
    A ship towed the U-shaped barrier from San Francisco to the patch in September to trap the plastic. But during the four months at sea, the boom broke apart under constant waves and wind and the boom was not retaining the plastic it caught.
    Hopefully nature doesn’t have too many surprises in store for us this time,” Slat tweeted. “Either way, we’re set to learn a lot from this campaign.”
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    Stop allowing cruise ships and other ships to discharge their garbage in international waters at 3am.
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    "Individual initiative garners support...." That's the clue. Snake Oil salesmen have garnered support by individual initiatives for centuries.

    File this effort under "the sky is falling" and we have to be able to tell you how to live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickt View Post
    "Individual initiative garners support...." That's the clue. Snake Oil salesmen have garnered support by individual initiatives to centuries.

    File this effort under "the sky is falling" and we have to be able to tell you how to live.
    This. Some huckster getting people to pay him to cruise the tropics 'lassoing' garbage that will eventually sink to the earthly equivalent of outer space anyway?

    Not to sound unsympathetic; but it's just trash. Unsightly, certainly. But it's just trash.It sinks. Not fast enough for some, evidently. Returning to the earth from whence it came. What shall they do with it? Return it to port where it will be put in a barge and dumped there anyway?
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Guapo View Post
    This. Some huckster getting people to pay him to cruise the tropics 'lassoing' garbage that will eventually sink to the earthly equivalent of outer space anyway?

    Not to sound unsympathetic; but it's just trash. Unsightly, certainly. But it's just trash.It sinks. Not fast enough for some, evidently. Returning to the earth from whence it came. What shall they do with it? Return it to port where it will be put in a barge and dumped there anyway?
    Like the Snake Oil salesman said in the OP: "Either way, we're set to learn a lot from this campaign."

    Let's only hope so. Then again, P.T. Barnum was no fool, and got rich knowing what he knew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calypso Jones View Post
    Stop allowing cruise ships and other ships to discharge their garbage in international waters at 3am.
    They are not ALLOWED to dump garbage at sea, anywhere. They are required to crush their garbage and pay to have it hauled away in port.

    NOT claiming that is what they always do, just that is what is supposed to happen. That our own laws, meant to PROTECT American shipping and ship building, have eliminated American shipping and ship building doesn't help. The cruise lines are fined when caught dumping, How much is the fine compared to the cost of processing the garbage is a question. Since ALL the cruse ships are foreign registered, due to dumb American laws, there is not much more than fines that can be done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan40 View Post
    They are not ALLOWED to dump garbage at sea, anywhere. They are required to crush their garbage and pay to have it hauled away in port.

    NOT claiming that is what they always do, just that is what is supposed to happen. That our own laws, meant to PROTECT American shipping and ship building, have eliminated American shipping and ship building doesn't help. The cruise lines are fined when caught dumping, How much is the fine compared to the cost of processing the garbage is a question. Since ALL the cruse ships are foreign registered, due to dumb American laws, there is not much more than fines that can be done.
    LoL Well. I bet if they pay a fee they can do it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Calypso Jones View Post
    Stop allowing cruise ships and other ships to discharge their garbage in international waters at 3am.
    Does this mean I can't pee out of the side of my skiff when I'm in the middle of the flooded cypress and tupelo forests?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calypso Jones View Post
    LoL Well. I bet if they pay a fee they can do it.


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