Our seas have become a plastic graveyard – but can technology turn the tide?
by Sarah Knapton, Science Editor for telegraph.co.uk
When strong winds prevented filmmaker Jo Ruxton from sending a submarine to her chosen recording location off the coast of Marseille, she was naturally nervous.
The crew had just one chance to document evidence of the build-up of rubbish on the seabed for her award-winning film A Plastic Ocean, but were forced to divert miles from where divers had reported a growing dump.
She needn’t have worried. As the submersible reached a deep trench one mile from the surface, the team were confronted by a junk yard of human debris. Tyres, plastic water bottles, synthetic netting, unexploded bombs and even an old parachute emerged from the gloom.
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