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    13 Apr '19 07:001 edit
    https://phys.org/news/2019-04-characterize-molecular-scissors-plastic.html

    I think this is the right strategy.
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    13 Apr '19 16:24
    @humy said
    https://phys.org/news/2019-04-characterize-molecular-scissors-plastic.html

    I think this is the right strategy.
    Can this technology be scaled up to make a difference? There are literally millions tons of the nasty stuff in the oceans already.
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    @sonhouse said
    Can this technology be scaled up to make a difference? There are literally millions tons of the nasty stuff in the oceans already.
    I don't see why not. But what to do about the millions of tons of plastic ALREADY in the oceans is unfortunately a rather different matter. Obviously the main problem with that is with the massive problem of its collection when it is spread over a vast area, not nearly so much what to do with it once it is collected. Still, at least this technology would deal with the latter.
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    @humy said
    I don't see why not. But what to do about the millions of tons of plastic ALREADY in the oceans is unfortunately a rather different matter. Obviously the main problem with that is with the massive problem of its collection when it is spread over a vast area, not nearly so much what to do with it once it is collected. Still, at least this technology would deal with the latter.
    I think ocean currents tend to concentrate it in particular places such as the Sargasso Sea - I'm at high risk of being wrong about this - but that would tend to simplify collection of floating waste.
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    @deepthought said
    I think ocean currents tend to concentrate it in particular places such as the Sargasso Sea - I'm at high risk of being wrong about this - but that would tend to simplify collection of floating waste.
    That would be a place to start for sure. I just hope they can scale up to do the job.
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