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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How Cameroon’s exploding “killer lakes” claimed over 1,700 lives

January 26, 2015 by  
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In 1986, Cameroon’s Lake Nyos was the scene of an extraordinary and devastating natural disaster. The lake quite literally exploded, releasing 80 million cubic meters of carbon dioxide in just 20 seconds, which caused the suffocation deaths of 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock. The lake experienced what is known as a limnic eruption. Lake Nyos is not the only body of water in the region to carry properties that lead some to term them “killer lakes,” but scientists are working to ensure that this never happens again. Read the rest of How Cameroon’s exploding “killer lakes” claimed over 1,700 lives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cameroon , carbon dioxide , crater lake , degassing , exploding lake , killer lake , lake monoun , lake nyos , limic , nyos , volcano

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Can Ford’s new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone?

January 26, 2015 by  
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It looks like  Ford is making a big leap into the autonomous vehicle game, as the automaker recently announced the opening of its new Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California. The center will employ a total of 125 researchers, engineers, and scientists, all of whom will be working to help Ford accelerate its development of technologies and experiments in connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles. Ford’s goal? To make autonomous cars accessible to everyone – not just luxury vehicle owners. Read the rest of Can Ford’s new Palo Alto research center make self-driving cars accessible to everyone? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: autonomous car , ford , Ford autonomous vehicle , ford fusion , Ford self-driving car , green car , green transportation , palo alto , Research and Innovation Center , San Francisco , self driving vehicle , self-driving car , silicon valley , stanford

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Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art

February 20, 2013 by  
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In the 16th century, Italy produced Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel , but now many of the world’s art museums are filled with trash . Not any old trash, mind you. Pascale Marthine Tayou’s latest installation at MACRO – the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome – is made of nothing but plastic bags and stands nearly 10 meters tall! Read the rest of Enormous Beehive Made of Recycled Plastic Bags Dangles at Rome’s Museum of Contemporary Art Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , cameroon , capitalism , contemporary art , eco design , eco-art , globalization , green design , industrial revolution , italy , MACRO , Michelangelo , Pascale Marthine Tayou , plastic bags , plastic pollution , Pollution , Recycled Materials , rome , secret garden , Sistine Chapel , social critique , sustainable design

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Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China

February 20, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Wind energy has surpassed nuclear power to become the third largest energy source in China. The country’s Wind capacity has grown rapidly over the years, and in 2012 China’s wind farms generated 100.4 terrawatt hours of electricity. Moreover, as the Earth Policy Institute reports, China’s wind capacity has increased by 70 percent more than nuclear power since 2007. Read the rest of Wind Power Surpasses Nuclear Energy in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , china clean energy green , china clean energy industry , china nuclear power , China Wind Energy Association , china wind power , Daiichi nuclear disaster , Fukushima disaster nuclear power , generation III nuclear reactors , renewable energy sources China , Wind Farms , wind turbines

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Rinspeed’s microMAX Electric Vehicle Combines Personal and Public Transportation

February 20, 2013 by  
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Rinspeed just unveiled its new microMAX electric vehicle ahead of its debut next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show . The unique commuter vehicle concept merges personal and public transportation in a clever fashion. Its small exterior is perfect for maneuvering in an urban environment, and the concept also uses cloud technology with real-time navigation functions that can modify routes dynamically to account for current traffic. Read the rest of Rinspeed’s microMAX Electric Vehicle Combines Personal and Public Transportation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 Geneva Motor Show , electric car , electric vehicle , green car , green transportation , public transportation , Rinspeed , Rinspeed electric vehicle , Rinspeed microMAC concept

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BP to Challenge Government’s “Excessive” Deepwater Horizon Spill Penalties in Court

February 20, 2013 by  
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Although BP has plead guilty to manslaughter and agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster , the British oil giant BP is now preparing to defend itself in court against “excessive” civilian penalties. The company could not reach an agreement with the Justice Department for up to $21 billion in fines which would be paid out to Gulf Coast states under the Clean Water Act . A plea deal between BP and the U.S. Justice Department was finalized in January in which BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion for criminal damages related to the 2010 disaster. In later civil proceeding however, the company failed to reach a deal with federal government lawyers over gross negligence allegations and is preparing to face the charges in court. The trial, scheduled to begin on Monday, could result in BP paying additional $21 billion in civil damages. The blowout at BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 has set off the largest marine spill in US history- an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil. The British oil company claims that the charges for environmental damage are excessive and argues that the $23 billion it already spent on clean-up costs should be taken into consideration by the court. The trial will be executed in two phases. The first phase will be focused on the causes and degrees of responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon accident. The court will determine whether BP or any other party was grossly negligent, BP said. The second phase, set for September this year, will address the government flow rate estimates from the Macondo spill. BP claims that the estimate of 4.9 million barrels is “inflated” and at least 20 percent too high. The company said it would agree to accept liability for 3.1 million barrels of spilled oil . Via The Guardian Photos from Wikimedia Commons

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Conservation Group Reports That West African Lions Are on the Verge of Extinction

January 10, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock When you think of the iconic animals of Africa, the lion is probably on the top of your list. Sadly, according to report by conservation group LionAid , a total of just 640 lions remain in all of western and central Africa. Already extinct in 25 African nations and disappearing in 10 others, the catastrophic decline in lion populations can be attributed to high levels of poverty, an undeveloped wildlife tourism industry, and a lack of political interest in conservation. Countries such as Nigeria have as few as 34 individuals left, making it virtually impossible to rebuild a population from such a small number. Researchers from Duke University have noted that a full three-quarters of savannah habitat has disappeared in the last fifty years, estimating that only 32,000 lions remain on continent. LionAid says they believe that the number is probably in fact far lower. Read the rest of Conservation Group Reports That West African Lions Are on the Verge of Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , asiatic lions , burkina , cameroon , central africa , central african republic , chad , Duke University , endangered species act , lion , lionaid , niger , nigeria , US Fish and Wildlife Service , West Africa

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POO POWER: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds First Fecal Sludge to Bio Diesel Plant in Ghana

January 4, 2012 by  
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Last year, the Bill Gates Foundation ploughed US $1.5 million into the first fecal sludge to bio diesel conversion plant in Accra , Ghana. The plant, which is run by Colombia University professor Kartik Chandran, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology , and Ghana-based Waste Enterprisers (WE), will transform waste sludge into industrial fuel, methane, and biodiesel. Read the rest of POO POWER: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds First Fecal Sludge to Bio Diesel Plant in Ghana Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill gates foundation , cameroon , FaMe project , fecal sludge , Ghana , waste enterprises , waste management sub saharan africa , waste to fuel scheme

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CSI Cameroon: Genetic Detective Work Helps Stop Chimp Smuggling in Africa

January 22, 2010 by  
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Photo via Gulf News Chimpanzees in western Africa have decreased by 75% in the last three decades, a surge in chimp hunting has been partly to blame. It’s being recognized as a full fledged chimp smuggling crisis in Cameroon .

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