A City on the Pacific Garbage Patch?

Dutch conservationists are proposing to create a floating community built on top of the patch of garbage swirling out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The conservationists foresee a million-person community on the floating patch of garbage.

"Recycled Island is a plan to clean up 44 million kilos of plastic waste from the North Pacific Gyre, which stretches from California to Japan, and provide 10,000 square kilometres (3,861 square miles) of sustainable living space in the process. Solar and wave energy would provide power for islanders while sustainable fishing and agriculture could provide their food.

According to the website for Whim Architecture, which designed the concept: 'The proposal has three main aims: cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste, creating new land and constructing a sustainable habitat.'"

Full Story: Recycled Island: plastic fantastic?

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Numbers don't add up

44 million kilos is 44,000 metric tons, or approximately half the weight of a single Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Given that those carriers only carry 5,000 or so people, putting a million people on something weighing half as much doesn't seem terribly practical.

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