The Ocean Cleanup is about to send a giant plastic collector to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

April 20, 2018 by  
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The  Great Pacific Garbage Patch is growing at an alarming rate — and it’s already three times the size of France . Fortunately, help is on the way: new images show that The Ocean Cleanup  is building an innovative  plastic -scooping system in Alameda, CA, and they’re planning to launch it as early as this summer. There are around 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic junk in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and The Ocean Cleanup , started by now-23-year-old Boyan Slat , is much closer to deploying its technology to tackle the dilemma. The group’s  Road to the Cleanup timeline reveals that, earlier this month, the crew finished “the first weld of two floater sections” — the official start of the assembly process. Days later, the organization shared another image of what they called great progress. Related: The Ocean Cleanup launches San Francisco base in Pacific trash-busting bid Fast Company reported  that a massive floating tube, around 2,000 feet long, will serve as a U-shaped barrier to help trap plastic. It’s flexible enough to bend with ocean waves and is made of HDPE plastic — the same material that the system aims to collect, according to ABC7 News . A nylon screen attached to the tube will catch plastic beneath the waves — but not fish, as it isn’t a net. Big anchors, a concept unveiled by Slat in a presentation last year , will essentially tether the system not to the seabed, but to a deep water layer. When might we be able to see the system in action? The Road to the Cleanup timeline estimates launch will happen in the middle of this year. The first piece of the system, which is about as long as a football field, will be towed out into the ocean for tests in a few weeks. The piece will be connected to the larger system following the local tow test, and a final test 200 miles offshore will occur after assembly is finished. It will take three weeks for the system to reach the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and The Ocean Cleanup could get there in August if everything goes as planned. Plastic they gather could be transformed into various  products — clothing, for example — and the Ocean Cleanup could have a shipment of plastic in late fall. + The Ocean Cleanup + Road to the Cleanup Via Fast Company and ABC7 News Images via The Ocean Cleanup

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Join Pokémon Go for Earth Day Cleanup Events

April 19, 2018 by  
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46 tons of Mardi Gras beads found clogging New Orleans catch basins

February 1, 2018 by  
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In New Orleans , clean-up crews have found 46 tons of Mardi Gras beads in the catch basins on St. Charles Avenue between Poydras Street and Lee Circle. These festive plastic staples were clogging 15,000, or fully one-quarter, of the city’s basins, which are used to drain and protect the city from flooding . As part of a $7 million contract, crews from Baton Rouge-based EnviroSystems used nearly two-dozen vacuum trucks to extract 7.2 million pounds of debris, of which 93,000 pounds were Mardi Gras beads. “This is a staggering number,” interim director of the New Orleans Department of Public Works Dani Galloway told the Times-Picayune . In response to the massive amount of Mardi Gras beads posing a threat to the city’s ability to drain itself in case of flooding, the Public Works and Sanitation departments are currently brainstorming ways to prevent further damage from beads, including installing temporary “gutter buddies” to keep the beads out. During a press conference, Galloway also emphasized the need of ordinary citizens to step up and clear catch basins in their own neighborhoods. Dozens of residents in every city district have already received training on how to properly clean the catch basins. Related: New Orleans doesn’t need a hurricane to be inundated with water The clean-up operation comes after extensive flooding during the summer of 2017, which was blamed in part on the city’s backlog of clogged catch basins. This backlog existed despite $3 million having been allocated to deal with the problem. Following last summer’s flooding, the New Orleans City Council approved a $22 million emergency plan to address the issue . Although external contractors were hired to do the work, much of the labor was sourced within the city. “They are our own people doing this work,” said Galloway . “This is important because it maximizes economic impact on the city’s contracts for the people that live and work here.” Via the Times-Picayune Images via Depositphotos and Flickr/Infrogmation of New Orleans

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Airbnb is offering a weekend stay on Blue Planet’s ocean research ship

February 1, 2018 by  
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When it comes to contests with amazing prizes, Airbnb is certainly bringing their A game. First, it was watching the solar eclipse from a transparent bubble , and now the rental service is offering three lucky winners the chance to spend three days and two nights onboard the Alucia – the oceanic research and exploration vessel that filmed BBC’s Blue Planet series. Guests will join an active research trip in the Bahamas, where they will explore the depths of the ocean in one of Alucia’s two submersible vessels. In partnership with BBC America, Airbnb is asking users to describe their ideal deep sea adventure exploring beneath the waves. The submissions with the most creative answers will be chosen to bring one guest to stay aboard the OceanX Alucia for three days and participate in an underwater exploration in one of two submersibles. Related: Watch the solar eclipse from a private plane AND stay in an amazing Airbnb dome Hosting the unique Airbnb lodging will be producer Orla Doherty, who will be on site to guide the winners through the experience, “Having spent 500 hours in the submarine and countless weeks at sea filming the deep sea for Blue Planet II, the Alucia almost feels like my second home,” Doherty said. “I now feel privileged to be able to share this once in a lifetime experience with promising ocean heroes and show them the wonders of life in the ocean.” While on board, the lucky winners will be able to explore ocean life under the seas through an underwater vessel , as well as talk with leading researchers from the expedition crew. The trip, which is scheduled for April, will set off from Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas, and end in Nassau, Bahamas. Airfare is included in the prize as is another two nights on a land-based rental. + Airbnb Lead photo © 2017 Luis Lamar, additional photos via Alucia Productions/Airbnb

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Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater

June 19, 2013 by  
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It has been over two years since the catastrophic meltdown at the Fukusima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the bad news keeps on rolling in. On the heels of an announcement by Tepco that the water at the facility is contaminated with low levels of cesium, the company reported that the groundwater is also polluted with strontium-90 . The highly toxic substance is a by-product of the fission of uranium and plutonium in nuclear reactors. The discovery will no doubt complicate Tepco’s ongoing struggle to contain leaks inundating the basements of reactor buildings. Read the rest of Radioactive Strontium-90 Found in Fukushima Groundwater Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cesium , cleanup , contamination , fukushima daiichi , groundwater , leak , Pollution , Solar Power , strontium-90 , TEPCO , tritium        

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Groundbreaking Elastec Oil Skimmer Awarded $1 Million in Oil Cleanup X Challenge

October 19, 2011 by  
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When BP’s Deepwater Horizon well started gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, it soon became clear that neither BP nor the US government were equipped to deal with such a disaster. Next time (sadly, there almost certainly will be a next time), that hopefully won’t be the case – a company from Illinois won the top prize at the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge last week for producing a revolutionary machine that skims oil out of water four times faster than the previous industry standard. Team Elastec/American Marine took home a $1 million prize for the oil skimmer, which uses a series of grooved plastic discs with a scraper at the top to separate oil from water. Read the rest of Groundbreaking Elastec Oil Skimmer Awarded $1 Million in Oil Cleanup X Challenge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , Elastec/American Marine , oil spill , renewable energy , Wendy Schmidt , X Challenge

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Amazing Quantum Levitation Technology Could Open the Door to Floating Vehicles!

October 19, 2011 by  
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Levitation isn’t just for Houdini anymore. A team of researchers at Tel-Aviv University has discovered a way to make objects float in mid-air using a process called quantum levitation, and they think the tech could even lead to floating alternatives to traditional gas powered vehicles. Their demonstration, which involves using a single sapphire wafer (yes sapphire as in Princess Kate’s ring) coated with a thin later of a material called  yttrium barium copper oxide recently wowed the crowds at the recent Association of Science-Technoloy Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference. The liquid nitrogen used to freeze the disc even gives off a cool mist that makes the experiment look all the more exciting. Read the rest of Amazing Quantum Levitation Technology Could Open the Door to Floating Vehicles! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ASTC , eco transportation , floating cars , floating technology , green materials , green transportation , levitation technology , magnets , quantum levitation , renewable energy , superconductors , Technology , Tel Aviv University

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Amazing Record Playing Bicycle Blasts Music as You Pedal

October 19, 2011 by  
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One Day After 462,000 Gallon Spill in Texas, Only 10% Oil Cleaned Up

January 25, 2010 by  
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A massive oil spill occurred in Texas on Sunday when an oil tanker collided with two (!) barges. Since the spill, the cleanup effort has been slow, evidently hampered by safety concerns.

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What If the Global Economy Was a Giant Hamster? or Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet (Video)

January 25, 2010 by  
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This is one of the funniest takes I’ve ever seen on what it is the single most important topic in the green movement . Forget climate change, forget…

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