The Ocean Cleanup Project in the Pacific Ocean will start sooner and work faster, than initially planned founder Boyan Slat announced on Thursday. "We will start the cleanup early next year", the 22-year-old inventor and environmental activist said. "Within five years we will have cleaned up 50 percent of the plastic waste.", ANP reports.
Dutch inventor Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup project received an extra investment of 21.7 million dollars. That brings the total up to 31.5 million dollars in donations received since 2013 - enough to start large scale testing. The company hopes to launch a large test in the Pacific Ocean by autumn, RTL Nieuws reports.
The biggest part of the new investment consists of donations from Marc and Lynne Benioff and an anonymous donor, according to the company.
A new El Niño could be on the way, causing worldwide changes in the weather pattern. It is expected that the water in the Pacific Ocean will warm up quickly in the coming months, which will bring about a noticeable effect, meteorologists announce.