The Great Pacific Garbage Patch drifts between Hawaii and California. It's 4 times larger than Germany. Happily, the floating quagmire could get something of a purge this summer.
The EU has proposed banning some everyday plastic products, citing the growing amount of harmful plastic litter in the oceans. But without proper action in Asia, the world's plastic problem is unlikely to go away.
French swimmer Lecomte has set off on a 9,000-kilometer (5,500 mile) swim across the Pacific Ocean. Apart from setting the world record, Lecomte also hopes to raise awareness about ocean pollution through his quest.
This Earth Day, activists are calling for an end to plastic pollution. DW has been following the impacts of disposable plastic and efforts to do away with it — by everyone from artists to policymakers.
In a bid to clean up the islands of garbage streaming across the world's oceans, a new system designed to collect millions of tons of plastic is to be launched in the Pacific by the end of the year. Julian Ryall reports.
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