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Drones Used to Aid in Plastic Pollution Research
Race for the Water, a Swiss marine research expedition focused on plastic pollution, last week announced its plan to collect and analyze samples of plastic found on the world’s most remote island beaches. Over a trip of 40,000 nautical miles, the crew will use drones to conduct its work. Those drones will fly over beaches to collect information on how much plastic has collected there.

In the coming year, the team hopes to collect information that could stem the flow of plastic debris into the world’s oceans and to create a repeatable research protocol with standardized research protocols for marine debris, repeatable and comparable studies, and data-based solutions.

Over time, plastic on beaches could potentially leech not only the chemicals used to make the plastic in the first place, but also any additional chemicals accumulated in the ocean. While short term exposure has not indicated any health issues related to ocean plastic, we don’t know what long term exposure may do.


 
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