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Coastline Pollution Fight Continued by Combat Drones

Drones have been used by DJI, AnimaMundi Ocean Data Solutions, and Lagoon to create the world’s first comprehensive database of plastic debris on coasts. The experiment begins with Drones operated by sailors competing in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), which kicks off on November 21st in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.

Next, the lagoon will use Drones from DJI to measure plastic garbage on beaches throughout the Caribbean. Finally, the Drones will take photographs of AnimaMundi’s automated processing to quantify the extent of plastic trash pollution more accurately.

This information will show whether efforts to stop plastic from entering our oceans result in a reduction in pollution along our shores. With more than 300 million tonnes of plastic generated each year, at least 8 million tonnes wind up in our seas, accounting for 80% of all marine garbage from surface waters to deep-sea sediment. However, no global data is available that documents the problem’s size, location, or evolution.

AnimaMundi has created software that will automatically record, count, and register the presence and number of plastic bottles on our beaches in real time, utilizing still photography and Drones photos acquired via an app. The information is automatically uploaded, processed, and stored on the company’s servers, and it will be made available to people working on ocean health projects, providing for a results-driven, demonstrable impact. Just before the start of COP26, world leaders conceded that the objective of $100 billion in yearly climate finance will not be met until 2023.

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