she does that too

The sheer extent of microplastic pollution in the world’s oceans has been making global headlines. What you may not know is that a lot of the raw data behind the headlines was provided by one extremely busy woman
Google “microplastic pollution” and you’ll be served up a dire litany of deeply-concerning articles about a type of pollution we didn’t even know existed five years ago. Plastic in oceans has delivered a high profile shaming of our poor ecological husbandry since the discovery in 1997 of the Great Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre. What we now know is that this plastic breaks down into tiny fragments less than 5mm long and ocean currents distribute it so efficiently that there is not a single unpolluted patch of ocean left anywhere.
And we know this distressing fact because of the innovative science program launched and implemented by the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 – with Liz Wardley as a hands-on collector of some of these ubiquitous, yet elusive, plastic particles.
Wardley was the boat captain on the Volvo Ocean 65 Turn The Tide On Plastic, racing in the Volvo Ocean Race. During legs she collected samples and data for the race’s science programme. This formed an important part of the Volvo Ocean Race sustainability program developed with founding principal partner 11th Hour Racing to support UN Environment #CleanSeas, the race’s official sustainability campaign.
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