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LADAR for Marine Plastic Detection

Ladar installation on test vessel

Anglo-Norwegian R&D company Ladar Ltd. has developed a compact LADAR (laser detection and ranging) system that can supercharge plastic detection capabilities for end-users involved in everything from environmental research and monitoring to marine cleanup campaigns and harvesting plastic for recycling. Huge amounts of plastic waste get dumped into our oceans every year, despoiling not only coastlines but triggering the agglomeration

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170 Tons of Plastic Removed from Pacific

Ocean Voyages Institute

Ocean Voyages Institute’s marine plastic recovery vessel, SV Kwai,  docked in Honolulu after 35 days at sea, successfully concluding the second and final haul of the nonprofit group’s 2020 open-ocean recovery mission, adding 67 tons to the record-setting 103 tons (206,000 lb.) removed in June, which became the largest open-ocean cleanup in history. The nonprofit group’s total for the summer season now

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On-Site Monitoring of Ocean Plastic Particles

ocean plastic brian-yurasits

By Devin Partida Everything from shopping bags to toys contains plastic, and the material remains widespread around the world. Unfortunately, only 9 percent of all plastic  gets recycled. A related issue is that many of the varieties used today have chemical makeups that prevent full decomposition. These realities mean that plastics in the ocean is a major problem, polluting the

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IUCN Report Says Microplastics Make Up 30% of Ocean Trash

Tiny plastic particles washed off household and industrial products could contribute up to 30 percent of the “plastic soup” polluting the world’s oceans and, in many developed countries, are a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste, according to a new IUCN report. The report looked at primary microplastics across seven geographical regions. Sources include car tires, synthetic

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