Creating A Habitable Island Made Of Garbage In The Pacific Ocean

Is this the solution to our waste problems? A research team at the University College London is working towards the creation of a Plastic Republic by 2030 in the North Pacific, and funding the project by selling off parcels of land on the future island:

We intend to engineer enhanced adhesive properties in Escherichia coli and marine bacteria to alter the composition and dynamics of resultant biofilms for the adhesion of micro-plastic pollutants, with an extended vision of creating mass aggregates, or ‘Plastic Islands’.

After months of planning, we are now rallying to construct a ‘plastic island’ using the principles of synthetic biology. In so doing we hope to provide a solution to one of the world’s major environmental problems – the North Pacific Garbage Patch.

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  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    I’m not entirely sure synthetic biology is the answer (thinks of the Grey Goo scenario) but then again I’m not a synthetic biologist. 

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    throughout human history man has created ecological disasters
    and then exacerbates the situation
    by trying to repair the disaster
    which creates another disaster
    and on and on it goes
    amen

  • Haystack

    I’ve always dreamed of retiring to a luxurious garbage island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. 

  • lanqiu332

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