A possible solution to the plastics pollution of the world’s oceans is being tested off the Dutch coast – a 100m-long boom that collects floating debris from the surface and funnels it into a cone for collection by boats, Kara Moses writes.

The prototype boom, the largest of its kind, is being tested by a Dutch company 20km out to sea for a year before being scaled up for real-life trials off the Japanese coast. If these tests prove successful, a full-scale 100km-long version could be deployed in the infamous “great Pacific garbage patch”, potentially capturing around half of the huge quantity ...


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