Reinigungsaktion im Pazifik

Ein sechshundert Meter langes Rohr, darunter hängt ein Vorhang – diese Konstruktion soll von San Francisco aus aufs offene Meer kommen. Dort soll sie als Plastikbarriere ihren Dienst aufnehmen. Der Erfolg des Projektes ist umstritten – und Kritiker befürchten sogar Beeinträchtigungen des Ökosystems.
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Deutschlandfunk | Forschung aktuell | 7. September 2018 | 5 Min.

Welcome to the Plastisphere

I’ve started a new project, the Plastisphere podcast!

In the first episode, I take listeners on a journey back in time, from a remote plastic beach on the Big Island of Hawaii to the factory of a big chemical producer making bioplastics – to share what I’ve learned about the issue of plastic pollution in the past years.

The second episode is about a frontier in plastic pollution research: Nanoplastic is so small, it’s the size of a virus and hard to detect at all. But it has already been found in the open ocean. How could it affect us and the ecosystems we depend upon?

In episode 3, I am exploring the human dimension of our growing mountain of trash. In many developing countries, informal recyclers and waste pickers help take care of the waste and depend on it for their livelihoods. But they cannot keep up with the increase in waste. How can we tackle plastic pollution in a way that considers their well-being?

You can find more info and the podcasts and transcripts on the project website, Twitter @PlastispherePod, Soundcloud, Facebook, and in German on RiffReporter. Also, just getting started on Instagram.

This is an independent project, and I yet need to find ways to permanently fund the costs and work that go into it. You can support me via Patreon and RiffReporter.

In Schleswig for Undark

Schleswig is a small town in the North of Germany. This spring, a major plastic leak there sparked a debate in Germany: Can a circular economy include shredding food waste and packaging together? For Undark, I went to Schleswig to find out what had happened:

Projekt „The Ocean Cleanup“: Eine Röhre gegen den Müll im Ozean

Den Pazifik vom Plastikmüll befreien: Der Niederländer Boyan Slat und sein Team vom „Ocean-Cleanup“-Projekt haben ein ehrgeiziges Ziel. Der von ihnen konstruierte Müllerfänger wurde nun erstmals zu Wasser gelassen. Doch was kann das Gerät wirklich gegen riesige Müllwirbel ausrichten?

Mein Kollegengespräch mit Arndt Reuning gibt es hier online nachzulesen.

Deutschlandfunk | Forschung aktuell | 04.06.2018 | 16:35 | 7 Minuten