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.
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Little is known about the neuston, but marine biologists fear this community of organisms living on the ocean surface could be decimated as nets sweep up plastic pollution.
Makers of cigarettes, takeaway coffee cups and other sources of litter will pay for future garbage sweeps, Germany's environment minister has vowed. A study puts Germany's clean-up bill at €700 million yearly.
The Ocean Cleanup nonprofit aims to deploy "The Interceptor" in 1,000 rivers responsible for 80% of plastic entering oceans. It should use natural currents to collect plastic, while allowing animals and ships to pass.
A special team has been tasked with cleaning up the world's highest mountain, littered with garbage from decades of commercial mountaineering. Everest is sometimes described as the world's highest rubbish dump.
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