Topic Reading-Vol.2345-9/12/2018

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Topic Reading-Vol.2345-9/12/2018

英語専門 MEL School三鷹 

2018/09/12 Topic Reading-Vol.2345-9/12/2018

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Giant plastic catcher heads for Pacific Ocean clean-up

Collecting already-floating plastic waste in the sea may not be the best solution to protect the marine environment. There is no doubt that more efforts should be taken to prevent such waste from being disposed of. However, if such plastic wastes, straws, bottles, and bags, are not collected, they are broken into smaller pieces and eaten or swallowed by marine creatures and circulated in the food chain. Indeed, plastic waste is really harmful to the environment and must be removed even at some cost and with some risks.

A Dutch teenager became determined to clean the ocean after he saw more plastic than fish in Greece’s beautiful sea. His ambition was supported by the Dutch government, enterprises, and investors and became reality. A non-profit organization created a 600-meter long tube that floats in a giant U-shape and catches plastic by a screen that hangs down three meters. The collected plastic will be shipped back to land to be recycled. The plan also includes using the recycled plastic material to make “made from ocean plastic” and sell at a premium price.

Is such a passive approach counterproductive to reduce plastic waste?

Enjoy reading and think how much premium you would pay for the recycled plastic to support this ambitious initiative.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45438736

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