A swirling island of garbage has emerged in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, cobbled together out of Pacific Rim waste, poisoning birds who mistake its plastic for food. Now a design firm wants to make it a real island.

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They call their project "Recycled Island," and it would be created by converting all the plastic from garbage island into flotation banks and aquaculture farms. The designers imagine that a small city could thrive there. Can it be done?

Learn more about this speculative geo-engineering project via Recycled Island