‘World’s deepest plastic bag’ found in the Mariana Trench

May 10, 2018 by  
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Plastic pollution is a scourge upon the planet – and it turns out that it’s reached the deepest ocean trench on the earth. While studying man-made debris in the deep sea, scientists recently discovered a large number of single-use plastic products near the ocean floor – including a plastic bag in the Mariana Trench , almost 36,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. Plastics are now showing up in the very deepest, most remote parts of our planet. This plastic bag was found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, nearly 11km under water. It's time to #BreakFreeFromPlastics . Retweet if you agree. https://t.co/18RZyUIA4K pic.twitter.com/95Rts4vDyg — Greenpeace East Asia (@GreenpeaceEAsia) May 10, 2018 The bag, which The Telegraph referred to as the “world’s deepest plastic bag,” was one of 3,425 pieces of man-made debris from the past 30 years that scientists recorded in the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)’s Deep-sea Debris Database . Launched for public use last year, the database includes photographs and images of trash obtained by remotely-operated vehicles and deep-sea submersibles. While the bag’s discovery came to light in an April article for Marine Policy , JAMSTEC’s video of the debris lists the dive date as 1998. JAMSTEC led the team that wrote the article, which included researchers from the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Center and Marine Works Japan . Related: “Extraordinary” levels of pollution found in deepest parts of the ocean The scientists said over 33 percent of the debris “was macro-plastic, of which 89 percent was single-use products, and these ratios increased to 52 percent and 92 percent, respectively, in areas deeper than 6,000 meters.” They spotted deep-sea organisms in 17 percent of the images of plastic debris, “which include entanglement of plastic bags on chemosynthetic cold seep communities.” Rubber, metal, glass, cloth, and fishing gear were among the other debris found. The scientists also sounded the alarm on plastic pollution’s threat to deep-sea ecosystems, pointing to a statistic estimating that almost 80 percent of global plastic waste generated from 1950 to 2015 remains in landfills or the environment , and has not been burned or recycled . According to the research team, “Minimizing the production of plastic waste and its flow into the coastal areas and ocean is the only fundamental solution to the problem of deep-sea plastic pollution.” You can check out a video of the Mariana Trench plastic on the JAMSTEC website . + Marine Policy Via The Telegraph Image via Depositphotos

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Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library

August 20, 2014 by  
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San Francisco-based startup Hampton Creek already has a couple of wins under its belt with its egg-free mayonnaise and dairy-free cookies. But its recent announcement that Dan Zigmond, formerly lead data scientist for Google Maps, will head the data resources for the company’s planned world’s largest plant library reveals just how grand its ambitions are. The purpose of the library? To identify and catalog plant characteristics in the quest to find more sustainable, animal-free alternatives to common foodstuffs . Read the rest of Former Google Maps Genius to Build the World’s Largest Plant Library Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal free , chemistry , cruelty-free foods , Dan Zigmond , database , food science , Hampton Creek , Lee Chae , non-GMO foods , vegan foods , vegetarian , world’s largest plant library

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Prefabs for Hermit Crabs

August 20, 2014 by  
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  Prefabricated homes have really evolved over the years, to the point where they really do come in all shapes and sizes. 3D printing has been of immense benefit in this regard, with the world’s first 3D-printed house currently being assembled in Amsterdam . Prefabricated houses aren’t just for people, however, and groups around the world have been putting their creative talents towards creating homes for animals in need… and one of the species being designed for is the ever-fascinating hermit crab. Read the rest of Prefabs for Hermit Crabs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3D printed crab shells , 3D printing , crab shells , crabs , Elizabeth Demaray , Hand-Up , hermit crabs , Prefab , PREFAB FOR HERMIT CRABS , prefabricated , prefabricated crab shells , project shellter , shellter , shelter

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DOE opens up performance data on 60,000 buildings

June 24, 2013 by  
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The Buildings Performance Database allows comparisons among commercial and residential buildings to find cost-saving improvements.

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O2forYou is a Database of Houseplants That Clean Your Air

October 18, 2012 by  
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Houseplants are wonderful for livening up indoor spaces – but did you also know that many of them are effective natural air purifiers too? If you’re looking for a new plant for your home or office, O2forYou is a database full of different plants that clean your air. You can also look for plants with ‘ O2 for You ‘ tags at your local retailer and reap the benefits of these hard working plants. + O2forYou 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: 02 for you , benefits of indoor plants , ferns and spider plants , house plants , houseplants , indoor plant week , Indoor Plants , National Indoor Plant Week , peace lilies , plants

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American Society of Landscape Architects Highlights 479 Green Infrastructure Projects

October 20, 2011 by  
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The American Society of Landscape Architects just released an incredible useful and comprehensive database of 479 case studies of successful “green rainwater infrastructure” projects. It exemplifies various techniques of collecting rainwater and filtering it naturally before it flows into urban waterways as polluted runoff. Moreover, the study found that the use of green infrastructure is rarely cost-prohibitive. In fact, 75% of the projects in the database reduced development costs or had no impact on them. Read the rest of American Society of Landscape Architects Highlights 479 Green Infrastructure Projects Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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New Database Rates Energy Efficiency of Ships

December 6, 2010 by  
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A new online database, ShippingEfficiency.org , gives efficiency and emissions ratings for 60,000 ships worldwide to push fleet owners to start using cleaner and more efficient ships. The project was created by billionaire Richard Branson to empower exporters, importers and even cruise-vacation-goers to choose the most efficient ships to do business with.  The database lists engine size, type of ship, energy efficient features, emissions and other information about each ship along with overall ratings based on those facts.

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Google Earth Engine Tracks Global Environmental Changes

December 6, 2010 by  
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A new online technology from Google called Google Earth Engine allows scientists and researchers to track environmental changes by analyzing 25 years worth of images from the LANDSAT satellite, the longest continually orbiting satellite on earth. The new project, which will be posted online for free, was introduced at the COP16 talks in Cancun last week and will include applications that monitor and measure deforestation, land use trends, water resources and more.  In honor of the conference’s location, the first major creation of Google Earth Engine is the most comprehensive scale map of Mexico’s forest and water resources to date

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Report Details Cash Saved in NYC on Green Retrofits

June 7, 2010 by  
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The Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation — the philanthropic arm of the German bank — is financing a database of hundreds of buildings that have been sustainably renovated in New York City .

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Marketing: Be More Effective, Cut Fewer Trees

December 13, 2009 by  
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I love when I hear about marketing campaigns that have a double benefit — they are more effective than traditional campaigns and they are greener, too. How does this happen

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