New study reveals plastic pollution in the Antarctic is 5x worse than expected

June 19, 2017 by  
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We know about plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean , and even in the Arctic Ocean . But scientists thought the Antarctic was relatively free of that particular type of pollution until a recent study from the University of Hull , Científica del Sur University , and the British Antarctic Survey . Researchers discovered the levels of microplastics in the area are much greater than expected. Microplastic levels in the Antarctic are five times greater than anticipated, according to the international team. Microplastics are those tiny particles less than five millimeters in diameter found in personal care items like toothpaste and shampoo, but they can also come from clothing fibers or be created as larger pieces of plastic in the ocean break down. Related: One of the world’s most remote islands is also the most polluted The researchers found the plastic around the Antarctic continent and in the Southern Ocean , which is around 8.5 million square miles large. They think plastic originating outside the area may be coming in over the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, which scientists in the past considered nearly impassible. University of Hull scientist Catherine Waller, lead author on a study published this year in Science of the Total Environment , said the ecosystem of the Antarctic is very fragile, and the area was thought to be isolated. It’s populated with krill that might eat the microplastics, and in turn be consumed by larger marine mammals like whales . Co-author Claire Waluda of the British Antarctic Survey said in a statement, “We have monitored the presence of large plastic items in Antarctica for over 30 years. While we know that bigger pieces of plastic can be ingested by seabirds or cause entanglements in seals, the effects of microplastics on marine animals in the Southern Ocean are as yet unknown.” The scientists called for urgent international monitoring of the plastic in the Antarctic. Via British Antarctic Survey Images via Catherine Waller and Claire Waluda

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Ingenious hand-pumped Scorkl lets you breathe underwater for 10 minutes

June 19, 2017 by  
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Scuba  diving may seem like too much of a hassle, what with all the equipment, training and money you need to make it happen. A new product – that’s like something straight out of a James Bond movie – called  Scorkl  opens up the underwater world by combining the best of scuba diving with the ease of snorkeling. A hand pump refills the underwater breathing device that’s roughly the size of a water bottle, giving you 10 minutes of uninhibited exploration. The Scorkl is a lightweight device you put to your mouth to breath in air while underwater – no scuba diving certification necessary. The Australia -based company says their cylinder is manufactured to the same standards and specifications as a cylinder you’d use to scuba dive, but it can be refilled with a Scorkl hand pump. The device also comes with a scuba tank refill adapter so it can be refilled from a scuba tank. A pressure gauge on the Scorkl lets users know how much air they have left – they’ll be able to swim freely through the water for around 10 minutes. Related: The Easybreath Snorkel Mask Lets You Breathe Comfortably Through Your Nose Underwater Scorkl is crowdfunding on Kickstarter , and it appears there are a bunch of people out there who are drawn to the freedom offered by the device – the company set their goal at $22,765 but have already raised over $370,000. One Scorkl costs $199 – that’s 33 percent off the retail price. A Scorkl and pump are being offered at a discount price of $398. At this point you’re probably wondering about safety . The company says the Scorkl is safe and can be used by anyone, but untrained divers should be cautious when swimming with it, and shouldn’t go below 9.8 feet in depth or use it more than five times in a single day. Trained divers should be able to go further than 9.8 feet drawing on what they learned during their certification process. The device is accompanied by an information kit warning users and offering tips to avoid pulmonary damage. The company says the Scorkl is designed for shallow diving , and they recommend not using it below 32 feet, even though it technically can go to depths of around 65 feet. You can check out the campaign here . + Scorkl Images via Scorkl Facebook

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Xerox Washing Machine Uses Nylon Polymer Beads Instead of Water to Clean Clothes

February 21, 2014 by  
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While most modern washers cut down on the massive amount of time and physical labor they used to require, they still hog a great deal of electricity, water, and detergent . The Xeros washing machine developed by Stephen Burkinshaw at the University of Leeds , however, trades buckets of water for specially formulated nylon polymer beads that help suck away dirt and grease. The beads can be used up to 100 times (or for about six months) and save the consumer up to 47 percent in electricity costs and reduce water usage by 72 percent. Read the rest of Xerox Washing Machine Uses Nylon Polymer Beads Instead of Water to Clean Clothes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , hyatt hotels , microplastic pollution , north america , polymer plastic beads , stephen burkinshaw , UK , university of leeds , washing machine , wwf , xeros        

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RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

February 21, 2014 by  
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Local Motors to Debut First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show

February 21, 2014 by  
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Unlike other automakers that mass produce their vehicles, Local Motors co-creates vehicles with a global community of designers, engineers and enthusiasts. So far the group has produced one car, the Rally Fighter, and now it has signed a contract to build a 3D-printed electric version of the vehicle for the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). Read the rest of Local Motors to Debut First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show , Association for Manufacturing Technology , crowdsourced , crowdsourcing , electric car , green car , green transportation , local motors , Local Motors Rally Fighter , Rally Fighter        

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

February 21, 2014 by  
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Sharp Plastic Packing Bands Prove Deadly for Marine Mammals

February 11, 2014 by  
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Animal lovers and fastidious fishermen are already aware of the dangers that plastic six-pack drink rings, fishing line, hooks, and rubber bands pose to ocean creatures. However, a far more lethal class of marine debris has appeared on the scene in the form of plastic packing bands. These non-biodegradable loops can ensnare seals and sea lions, causing gruesome wounds, and restrict mobility to such an extent that the animal starves. Read the rest of Sharp Plastic Packing Bands Prove Deadly for Marine Mammals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , marine mammal , marine plastic pollution , microplastic pollution , national marine fisheries service hotline , NOAA , ocean conservation , pinniped , plastic gyre , plastic packing bands , plastic pollution , sea lion , seal        

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Synthetic Clothing May Be Causing “Microplastic” Pollution in Our Oceans

October 26, 2011 by  
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Could your washing machine be polluting the world’s oceans ? If your clothes are made out of synthetic fibers such as acrylic, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyamide, or  polyester , it could be. Scientists have discovered fragments of those materials in increasing quantities across the northeast Atlantic and beaches near Britain, Singapore and India. Kind of makes you think twice about purchasing synthetic clothing, doesn’t it? READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acrylic , eco textiles , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , microplastic pollution , Pollution , polypropylene , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , Synthetic Clothing May Be Causing “Microplastic” Pollution in Our Oceans , synthetic fibers , washing machines

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Teenager Tests Human-Powered Helicopter for Aviation Record Bid

October 26, 2011 by  
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Human-powered helicopters have made headlines again and again over the last 12 months, and a team from the University of Maryland even broke the record for longest human-powered flight. However, a 19 year old student from UC Berkeley is now aiming to claim the American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize by building a human-powered helicopter that can hover for one minute and reach a height of 10 feet. Read the rest of Teenager Tests Human-Powered Helicopter for Aviation Record Bid Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: human powered helicopter , Kyle Zampaglione Neal Saiki upturn , Kyle Zampaglione Neal Saiki upturn ntsworks , saiki ntsworks , saiki upturn prize , Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize , Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize ntsworks , upturn ntsworks , upturn sikorsky prize

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Empty Storefront in London Turned into World’s First Farm in a Shop!

October 26, 2011 by  
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A group of designers in London, led by the team from Something & Son , have successfully built the world’s first storefront  farm inside of a shop in Hackney. They’ve got vegetables growing all the way up to the rafters, a garden in the backyard, fish in the front room, chickens on the roof, and there is a cafe on the bottom floor that serves up delicious dishes made from the farm’s home-grown goods. The FARM:shop , which officially opens this week, is an urban experiment that seeks to show just how much food can be grown in a confined space. Read the rest of Empty Storefront in London Turned into World’s First Farm in a Shop! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: england urban farming , farm shop , Green London , green storefront , london farm shop , london urban farming , uk urban farming , Urban Farming , urban farming projects

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