Avoiding the Watery Grave: How to Recycle Fiberglass Boats

November 14, 2017 by  
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Boston man crosses harbor in a pumpkin boat

October 11, 2017 by  
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Tis the season… to get nuts with pumpkins . Christian Isley of Boston , Massachusetts took infatuation with that adorable, orange squash to a new level; he made a boat out of his homegrown pumpkin and sailed across Boston Harbor. “If there’s something odd to be done, he’ll do it,” said Steve, the squash sailor’s father. “Once he puts his mind to something it gets done, no matter how crazy it is.” Appropriately on the morning of the first day of October, Isley the Younger took a ride in his 520-pound vegetable boat, carved by himself and reinforced by wooden planks, foam, screws, and rope. Boston Harbor itself is a story of success for its historic restoration after decades of neglect and pollution . By the 1970s, the Boston Harbor and the feeding Charles River were toxic. After the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) was compelled by the courts to clean up the region’s water in the 1980s, the rich coastal ecosystem recovered rapidly. Today, the Harbor is swimmable and the Charles is teeming with life. Related: How to cook a whole pumpkin (seeds, guts and all) Native to North America , pumpkins are an excellent source of Vitamin A. The “classic pumpkin” variety is the Connecticut Field; Isley’s boat was made out of an Atlantic Giant. Grown in Belgium , the largest pumpkin ever weighed 2,624.6 lbs, setting the record in 2016. Prior to setting his prize-winning gourd vessel onto the open waters, Isley informed the United States Coast Guard of his plans. Although they expressed their wish that Isley not take the plunge, they did not stop him. Although the cucurbit ship did face some choppy seas , it navigated quite smoothly. “It’s a [expletive] journey,” Isley shouted as he finished the first leg of his adventure. Isley, thanks to his years of experience with boats, completed the quest, as friends and family cheered him on from nearby vessels. “That’s victory right there,” said Isley. “Absolutely. [Expletive] yeah.” Via the Boston Globe Images via the Boston Globe

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Cameroon student nonprofit recycles plastic bottles into boats

August 10, 2017 by  
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Humanity has a plastic bottle addiction, purchasing one million a minute , and many bottles wind up not in recycling bins but in our oceans. Cameroon -based nonprofit Madiba & Nature is pioneering a creative use for all those polluting bottles: boats . They’re fabricating floating canoe-shaped crafts out of collected empties in an effort to prompt people to think differently about how they consume and dispose of plastic bottles. A group of students is transforming plastic trash into boats. They aim to promote a circular economy in Africa ; according to their website: “…we want to help change people’s attitudes and bad habits on the management of plastic waste that degrades sensitive ecosystems.” One Green Planet reports Cameroonian Essome Ismael invented the boats. Related: The world’s population buys one million plastic bottles every single minute Madiba & Nature volunteers have gathered to pick up thousands of plastic bottles near Cameroon’s largest city, Douala, to use those bottles for what they call ecological canoes. The boats could help not just the environment , but the local community as well. In a video, Ismael said there’s a great need for fishing boats in his area, and the plastic bottle boats could meet that need. Local fisherman Emmanuel Japa said at first they thought the plastic bottle boats were a joke, but it turns out the crafts are actually strong and seaworthy. Ismael also said plastic bottles clogging their waterways have led to flooding in the local area. The boats are just the beginning. Madiba & Nature’s website says in around a year of work, they’ve started a program for students and engineers to learn more about green business , and have developed an environmental awareness and education program. They’ve also helped develop a local waste management system and have supported other groups laboring to protect the environment. Their website also says they aim to research how to use recycled plastic in building or paving systems. + Madiba & Nature Via One Green Planet Images via Madiba & Nature Facebook

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Self-sufficient hydrogen boat embarks on 6-year journey around the world

July 17, 2017 by  
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The world watched in anticipation as the groundbreaking Solar Impulse 2 plane circumnavigated the globe last year. Now, the “Solar Impulse of the Seas” has set sail, aiming to demonstrate in a fresh way that clean energy can power our world. Dubbed Energy Observer , the solar- , wind- , and hydrogen -powered catamaran will sail to 50 countries over the course of six years. Solar panels line the top of the Energy Observer, and two vertical axis wind turbines harness the power of the wind, but those aren’t the only energy sources that make this vessel self-sufficient . The boat is able to generate hydrogen from seawater thanks to an electrolysis system. That hydrogen, stored in tanks, will help the Energy Observer glide through the waves emissions-free. The project was started by French offshore racer Victorien Erussard, accompanied by French explorer and filmmaker Jérôme Delafosse. Related: Energy Observer to sail around the world using only solar, wind, and hydrogen fuel The Energy Observer is equipped with technologies like electric motors, lithium-ion batteries , and a hydrogen fuel cell . It’s around 100 feet long and 42 feet wide, with solar panels covering 1,400 square feet atop the catamaran. Built in 1983, the Energy Observer has already had a long career as a racing boat, but was recently christened earlier this month by France’s environment minister Nicolas Hulot. Energy Observer left Paris this past weekend with mayor Anne Hidalgo aboard. Erussard said on the boat’s website, “There is not one miracle solution to combat climate change : there are solutions which we must learn to operate together. That’s what we are doing with Energy Observer: allowing nature’s energies, as well as those of our society, to collaborate.” And though the boat draws on different technologies than the Solar Impulse 2, it apparently has the approval of pilot Bertrand Piccard , who was present at the christening ceremony. He said, “Energy Observer, just like Solar Impulse, makes exploration work for a better quality of life. We need to lead people towards the future by showing them solutions instead of depressing them.” You can track where the Energy Observer is here and find out more here . + Energy Observer Via ScienceAlert Images via Energy Observer ( 1 , 2 )

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Interactive Global Fishing Watch Map to Monitor Activity on the Open Seas

November 17, 2014 by  
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SkyTruth, Oceana , and Google have just announced the release of a prototype interactive map that is designed to show all of the trackable fishing activity in the ocean. Global Fishing Watch  uses satellite data to create the first worldwide view of commercial fishing, with the aim of raising awareness of the intensity of legal fishing, while highlighting the question of how much illegal activity is going on. Read the rest of Interactive Global Fishing Watch Map to Monitor Activity on the Open Seas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: big data , boats , Fishing , Global Fishing Watch , Google , illegal fishing , interactive map , map , Oceana , overfishing , satellite data

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Aether & Hemera Launch a Flotilla of Interactive LED Boats at Canary Wharf

January 1, 2013 by  
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Voyage is an art installation by Aether & Hemera that consists of a flotilla of 300 paper boats sailing along Canary Wharf ‘s Middle Dock. Each boat is illuminated by colored LED lights that form attractive patterns and enliven the night. Passers-by can interact with the artwork until February 15 2013 between dusk and 2am each day to change colors and patterns by connecting their mobile phone to the Voyage Wi-Fi network. The artists’ artistic vision was to “provoke memories, explore aesthetic interactions, and to elicit feelings of connective human experiences in a required-to-participate audience.” The project was been commissioned by Canary Wharf Group to ‘launch’ their 2013 ‘Sculpture at Work’ program. + Aether-Hemera The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aether Hemera , art installation , boats , eco-art , energy efficient lighting , green art , green design , green lighting , LED , LED lights , public art , sustainable design , voyage

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The Boat Project is Olympic Art

October 19, 2011 by  
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Photo: theboatproject Every Olympic games have to have a cultural component and London is going at it full speed. A massive red sculpture by Anish Kapoor will tower over the site and posters by 12 modern British artists will be created around the country. The Boat Project is all about making a boat from the old wooden memorabilia that people donate. It’s a collective artwork… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Week in Pictures: Camping Trailer is also a Boat, Cats Nap in TVs, and More (Slideshow)

September 16, 2011 by  
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Image: TreeHugger Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just take your car from road to lake? Well now you can, and while camping to boot: This wild design morphs a trailer from a tent into a boat. We also have old TVs that become homes for cats, a 1970s RV transformed into an off-grid eco-home, exclusive coverage of New York Fashion Week, and more in our roundup of the best images on TreeHugger this week.

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Buildup To Greenbuild: Green Buildings From TreeHugger Archives

September 16, 2011 by  
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30,000 green building professionals are coming to Toronto for Greenbuild in October; this series will try to explain Toronto to them. There has been a lot of green building going on in Toronto and much has shown up on TreeHugger; Here is a roundup of some of the buildings we have shown. Perhaps the most dramatic and important recent addition to the Toronto scene is Stephen Teeple’s 60 Richmond Street East Coop, that is green, gorgeous and from the public sector yet, proving that social housing doesn’t have to be boring and oppressive.

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Old Boats Refurbished As Boat Hotel & Floating Art Installation In NYC (Photos)

August 23, 2011 by  
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Photo: Lunar Camel Co. (Flickr) From trains, planes to treehouses , hotels can be found in the strangest of places. Now New York City has a temporary “boatel” or boat hotel to call its own, only an hour away and docked on Marina 59 in Far Rockaway, NY. Created by local artist Constance Hockaday, the Boggsville Boatel is a temporary art in… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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