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If the study is a success, the southern island of Tsushima could be the venue for a pilot scheme that would pluck tonnes of plastic waste from the sea—all without harming marine life.


The Ocean Cleanup Foundation wants to install a moored platform and floating boom off the island next year if the tests, which begin this month, prove promising.


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Most ocean clean-up efforts involve the use of boats sailing around trying to catch the plastic, thousands of tonnes of which have been dumped around the world.


That method is both energy-intensive and time-consuming, whereas the Ocean Cleanup Foundation system relies on taking advantage of currents that carry rubbish along—effectively waiting for the garbage to come to it.


Since the system uses booms, not nets, marine life—which is neutrally buoyant—passes harmlessly underneath the barriers, while plastic—which floats—is gathered at the surface.


Workers can then scoop up the collected detritus, with island authorities looking at using the plastic as an alternative energy source.


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“We are picking it up but no matter what we do, it keeps on coming,” said Takahito Abiru, an environmental policy official in Tsushima.


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The city will make a final decision on whether to approve the deployment of the system after seeing results of the upcoming marine survey and obtaining consent from fishermen and local residents.


The survey will start in late June and will take account of the depth of the sea, the shape of the seabed and tidal currents, Abiru said.


“We will decide possibly by February whether it can be installed or not,” he said, adding there had been no local opposition to conducting the study.


The deployment would represent an important step for The Ocean Cleanup [url=http://www.teamblazersshop.com/cj-mccollum-blazers-jersey/]Authentic C.J. McCollum Jersey[/url] , which ultimately envisions a much larger solution to a problem that increasingly plagues the world’s oceans.


The organisation, which was started by a Dutch teenager, aims to deploy a 100-kilometer-long system to clean up the sea between Hawaii and California within five years—the location of the so-called “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, a major gyre of marine debris.


The deployment off Tsushima will enable the foundation to “study the system’s efficiency and durability over time,” 20-year-old chief executive Boyan Slat said on the foundation’s website.

BlackRock sees new opportunity in China real estate

BlackRock Inc is ready to increase its China real estate portfolio exposure as it sees good entry points following the weakness in the nation's economy and credit environment, a senior executive of the U.S. money manager said on Monday.


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"We see the current malaise as a good entry point that we believe will throw up some good opportunities," Saunders said in an interview at his office in Hong Kong's central business district.


New York-based BlackRock, the world's biggest asset manager, oversees about $8 billion in property investments in Asia.


"For a period in time we didn't do a lot in China, because the pricing didn't seem conducive for us to make returns, whilst underwriting reasonable levels of growth. Now that picture has changed and China has become our key market for sure. It has been softening for the past 18 to 24 months," Saunders added.


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But yields are holding up relatively well for them even as capital values have weakened, Saunders said. BlackRock said it owns a shopping mall in the southwestern city of Chengdu.


Saunders, who joined from Singapore-based property investment firm MGPA when it was acquired by BlackRock in 2013, also saw opportunities in distressed residential projects in the mainland.


China, the world's second largest economy, is forecast to grow at its slowest pace in 25 years hurt by soft demand, over-capacity and falling investment. It has been further buffeted by a recent stock market slide and surprise yuan devaluation.


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"When a currency depreciates, hard assets tend to appreciate, because people take flight from paper currency deprecation into hard asset."


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CANBERRA, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Pressure is growing for a second Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody following the recent death of a young woman in a West Australian watchhouse for unpaid fines.


The 22-year-old, known now for cultural reasons as Ms Dhu, died on Aug. 4 after three days i.


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