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Second garbage patch found in Atlantic

Researchers are warning of a new blight on the ocean: a swirl of plastic debris stretching over thousands of square miles in a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.

Documented by two groups of scientists, the studies describe a soup of micro-particles similar to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a phenomenon discovered a decade ago between Hawaii and California.

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A fleet of screens designed to tame the garbage patch

Flush with $31.5 million in crowd-sourced funds from passionate individuals, as well as tech giants, Dutchman Boyan Slat has a plan to rid the world’s oceans of trash with a mobile drifting system.