Cheap drainage nets keep water pollution at bay in Australia

November 30, 2018 by  
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Water pollution is a growing crisis around the world, but one city in Australia is doing its part to tackle the huge surges of waste that come from stormwater drains. By using a somewhat obvious, simple and cost-effective system of nets, or “trash traps,” the City of Kwinana is moving to prevent waste from entering its waters. In Spring 2018, the City of Kwinana collaborated with supplier Ecosol to install two drainage nets in the Henley Reserve. The netting was simply attached to concrete drain pipes, and these nets have since collected 370 kg (about 816 lb) of waste, including plastic food wrappers and bottles. Related: Former businessman bicycles down the Thames River to stop plastic pollution The system, including manufacturing, installation and additional labor, cost the municipality about $20,000 — prior to the nets, city workers would collect debris in the water by hand. The new system is picked up and cleaned out using cranes when the nets become full of waste. Then, the waste is sorted in a designated facility. Here, green waste is transformed into mulch, and other materials are separated into recyclable /non-recyclable. The City of Kwinana has considered the drainage nets a huge success, with plans to install three more nets in the nature reserve area over the next two years. “We know that the Kwinana community is very passionate about environmental initiatives and rallies around actions with positive environmental impact, and if it was not for the drainage nets, 370 kg of debris would have ended up in our reserve,” Mayor Carol Adams said. “The nets are placed on the outlet of two drainage pipes, which are located between residential areas and natural areas … This ensures that the habitat of the local wildlife is protected and minimizes the risk of wildlife being caught in the nets. To date, no wildlife has been caught up in either of the City’s nets.” The system took off on social media, in a viral storm that Adams said shows the importance for all levels of government to focus on initiatives to save the environment . + City of Kwinana Image via Shutterstock

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Humans have already dumped 400,000 pounds of trash on the Moon

January 31, 2018 by  
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Pollution isn’t just Earth’s problem anymore. Despite not having established a permanent lunar residency, humans have already managed to dump 400,000 pounds of trash on the Moon . Much of this debris has been left behind over the twelve trips by humans to the lunar surface. Earthbound scientists figured out long ago that bringing the lunar visitors home would be cheaper and simpler if as much equipment as possible were left behind. Add in debris accumulated over unmanned missions and we have ourselves something of a lunar junkyard orbiting overhead. It’s important to remember that the trash we have left behind on the Moon does not exist in a vacuum. There is an enormous amount of space waste floating around our planet. Over 21,000 pieces of trash, from spacecraft fragments to disabled satellites, orbit the Earth. Most of the Moon’s trash was the result of crashed spacecraft , of which there are over 70. The remainder of the debris is a mish-mash oddly documenting humanity’s short lunar tenure. Because it is easier to return to Earth with as little weight as possible, each moon landing has permanently dropped a 22,700-pound Lunar Lander on the surface, as well as other modules, craft, or miscellaneous materials associated with that particular mission. Waste from low-gravity golf games as well as literal human waste (all 96 bags of it) litter the Moon’s face. Related: Super blue blood moon eclipse to occur next week for the first time in 150 years To be fair, we haven’t left only waste. A small aluminum memorial left by the crew of Apollo 15 to honor fallen astronauts stands on the silent lunar landscape. The feather dropped in Apollo 15’s “hammer-feather drop” experiment also remains. Even though the Apollo 1 mission never made it to the Moon, as it was shut down prematurely after three astronauts were killed during a training exercise, a patch from the unlaunched mission found its way to the lunar surface too. Via Gizmodo and the Atlantic Images via NASA (1)

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Hurricane Cleanup: What Happens to All That Debris?

September 15, 2017 by  
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Two weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated greater Houston with record-breaking … The post Hurricane Cleanup: What Happens to All That Debris? appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Critics are fuming over potentially toxic Russian rocket about to crash in the Arctic

June 2, 2016 by  
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Parts of a Russian rocket are expected to crash in Canadian Arctic waters this weekend. The rocket will be launching a satellite under Russia’s Rokot program, and its debris may still contain hydrazine, a toxic fuel, when it makes its descent back down from space. It is unclear who will clean up the debris or what the environmental impact will be in a place that’s home to polar bears and whales , but critics are fuming. The rocket is a ballistic missile from the Cold War era. According to the Canadian Press service, only two countries in the world still use hydrazine, and Russia is one of them. Related: The Russians want to build an outpost on the moon Although Canada was warned about the launch, Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Austin Jean said they should have been warned further in advance to address airspace safety and environmental concerns. Russian Embassy press secretary Kirill Kalinin said environmental concerns were “seriously taken into account.” University of British Columbia International Law professor Michael Byers said hydrazine has devastated the launch site most used by countries in Kazakhstan. He said we don’t know much about how hydrazine interacts with cold water, and that there should be an international ban on the fuel. It’s likely the debris will plummet into the North Water Polynya, an area rich with seals, narwhals, walruses, and beluga whales. Inuit people from Greenland and Canada hunt in the area. Greenpeace Arctic Campaigner Alex Speers-Roesch said , “The idea of dropping a missile full of toxic chemicals in the Arctic waters off Baffin Island is just as preposterous as drilling for oil there. Dumping these chemicals from a ship would be a clear violation of international and Canadian law, and it is no more acceptable when it is dumped from the air.” It’s not yet known how much hydrazine will be in the debris when it hits. Jean said the fuel could burn out completely as it re-enters the atmosphere. Byers said rockets often contain remaining propellant after onboard computers shut them down. Back in 2005, an American rocket released over two metric tons of fuel that was hydrazine-based near Newfoundland. Via The Globe and Mail and the Canadian Press on the Huffington Post and Cambridge Times Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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7th Continent: Floating Kinetic Islands Help Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

March 14, 2013 by  
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Due to our addiction to plastics, the human race has created the Great Pacific Garbage Patch , a massive accumulation of trash dominated by synthetic, non-biodegradable objects. Turning a blight into an advantage, architects Park Sung-Hee and Na Hye Yeon from South Korea have designed the 7th Continent: Kinetic Islands which are structures that use rubbish as construction elements for a floating city . Read the rest of 7th Continent: Floating Kinetic Islands Help Clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “eVolo” , 7th continent , debris , evolo skyscraper competition , farm , FLOAT , garbage , grasslands , great pacific garbage patch , honorable mention , kinetic islands , mangrove , na hye yeon , pacific ocean , park sung-hee , plastic , Resort , south korea

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

March 14, 2013 by  
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Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants – in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable greenhouse filled with over 200 living specimens (it sort of resembles the page in Where the Wild Things Are where Max’s room turns into a forest). Check out our gallery for a glimpse inside Summer’s abode, and find out how she got started creating  her cool, new vertical garden . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brooklyn real estate , diy vertical garden , eco design , eco model , green design , green nyc , Green Walls , home vertical garden , mingo design , model Summer Rayne Oakes , planted walls , Summer Rayne Oakes , sustainable design , vertical gardens

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Scientist Proposes Blowing Away Space Debris Using Massive Bursts of Air

April 9, 2012 by  
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Space debris (the clutter of dead, lost satellites, rocket boosters and other astronautical junk caught up in Earth’s orbit) poses an increasing problem as it circles the globe. Proposed solutions have ranged from a DARPA -developed ‘ space mitt ‘ to a Swiss ‘ space janitor ,’ but the Space Debris Elimination initiative put forward by Daniel Gregory of Raytheon BBN Technologies proposes a theoretically simpler option. Gregory hopes that space debris could be forced out of orbit, or massively slowed down, if it were to pass through a giant ‘pulse’ of atmospheric gases fired from the Earth’s surface. Once interrupted by atmospheric gases, the debris would enter Earth’s atmosphere and largely burn up. Read the rest of Scientist Proposes Blowing Away Space Debris Using Massive Bursts of Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: atmospheric gases , daniel gregory , innovative advanced concepts , low earth orbit , meteor earth , nasa naic , space debris , space junk , spade initiative , university of michigran

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