Carnival Corporation is polluting oceans while on probation

April 23, 2019 by  
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The popular cruise liner Carnival was charged in 2016 for excess ocean pollution, yet the company is still breaking U.S. laws. New court findings show that Carnival’s fleet of cruise ships have dumped more than half of a million gallons of oil, sewage and food waste into the ocean from April 2017 to April 2018. Carnival is currently on probation for violating ocean pollution standards and is being monitored for any further violations. Between the springs of 2017 and 2018, the company had as many as 800 events related to illegal dumping of materials and substances. According to the Miami Herald , many of the incidents were not intentional and involved things like furniture items accidentally being dumped overboard. Related: Plastic pollution is causing reproductive problems for ocean wildlife But around 24 of the reports were related to sewage , oil or food dumping. An additional 19 of the incidents involved burning fuel in areas that have been deemed protected zones. The company reported the events either in official log books or to authorities. Although Carnival clearly has improvements to make, the report of findings praised the company for being cooperative with authorities, both on shore and on board the vessels. Carnival has also implemented measures to cut down on future violations, which is at least a step in the right direction. One area that needs significant improvement is Carnival’s flawed system for internal investigations. The study found that Carnival needs to give more power to its compliance manager, Chris Donald, who was appointed by the courts to oversee environmental issues . Without proper authority, Donald has little influence over making policy changes that affect the whole company. After being convicted for large-scale pollution in 2016, Carnival promised to pay $40 million in fines and remain on probation for five years. For reference, the company made over $3.2 billion in profits last year. The company is currently in its second year of probation, and court filings continue to show violations of environmental law. Via Miami Herald Image via Carnival Corporation

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Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to our growing garbage problem

October 2, 2015 by  
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Every year, 6.4 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean . On land, plastic gathers in landfills, on beaches and in sensitive ecosystems all around the world. In America alone, we throw away 33 million tons of plastic per year and we show no signs of slowing down. Now, new research shows the tiny mealworm might just help us solve our massive plastic problem. Scientists at Stanford have discovered that the humble mealworm can live on a diet of Styrofoam and other polystyrene. Read the rest of Plastic-eating worms may offer solution to our growing garbage problem

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13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

February 16, 2015 by  
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Hopefully, we can all agree that the ocean is no place for trash. Unfortunately, a massive new study by researchers from Australia and the U.S. has determined that we are throwing far more plastic waste into the oceans than previously thought. In 2010 alone, between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic made its way into the Earth’s waters, and if we look at the modest middle figure—8 million tonnes—that amounts to “five plastic grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline in the world.” Read the rest of 13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , five gyres , marine life , ocean health , Ocean Plastic , plastic debris , plastic gyre , Pollution , recycling , water issues

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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

February 16, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind turbine” , apartment , biogas , dutch windwheel , Ewicon , green energy , hotel , rainwater , rotterdam , solar , sustainable design , wetlands , wind energy , windwheel

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Watch the World’s Happiest Dog Plunge into the Ocean with a GoPro Strapped to His Back (Video)

September 9, 2014 by  
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Have you ever dreamed of coming back as a happy dog? Now you can get a taste of this happiness thanks to the new Fetch harness by GoPro . The adventure camera company has unveiled an awesome sample reel by Fetch’s guinea pig, Walter, an energetic dog who can’t wait to jump into the ocean! With the new accessory, viewers can enjoy life from a dog’s perspective – and it is so much fun! Read the rest of Watch the World’s Happiest Dog Plunge into the Ocean with a GoPro Strapped to His Back (Video) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: camera harness for dog , dog’ perspective , eco design , Fetch camera , GoPro , GoPro Fetch , green design , sustainable design , Video

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Students: Earn a Spot at the Plastics are Forever International Youth Summit

October 18, 2010 by  
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When it comes to plastic, what goes into the ocean, stays in the ocean . It is nearly common knowledge (or should be) that this plastic debris littering the oceans is not the sole responsibility of coast-dwellers. From bottles to bags, plastic trash finds its way into the ocean from ev…

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How Much Oil Has Leaked Out of Deepwater Horizon?

May 3, 2010 by  
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Image credit: uscglantareapa /Flickr The explosion rocked the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform on April 20 and the whole thing sank on April 22.

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Suspended City aims to bring Rio de Janeiro in harmony with nature

March 10, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable architecture designed to have minimal impact on the environment. Designed by Coolie Calihan and Charles Johnson, the Cidade Suspensa (Suspended City in Brazilian Portuguese), aims to refine urban architecture and bring it in harmony with nature and the environment

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US Plastic More Expensive To Make, Will Have Higher Carbon Footprint Under Cap & Trade

October 30, 2009 by  
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Cleaning up waste plastic before it goes into the ocean. Image credits:: Algalita Marine Research Foundation In Europe they commonly make commodity plastics from oil-based feedstock: petroleum naptha from the refinery. In the USA, however, plastic is mostly is made from natural gas as raw material

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