High-tech wetsuit protects divers and surfers from toxic elements in the oceans

November 6, 2019 by  
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With ocean waters being polluted at an astonishing rate, swimmers, divers and surfers are putting their lives at risk simply by entering the water. Vissla and Surfrider have collaborated on a slightly depressing solution aimed to keep water-lovers safe. The Rising Seas Wetsuit is a high-tech body suit that uses nanotechnology to block the absorption of any harmful pollutants in the water. Additionally, Nitrile pads on the stomach, elbows and knees help surfers maintain their grip on the board, even in seriously slimy conditions. Unfortunately, despite concerted efforts around the world to stave off any more damage, oceans are becoming suffocated with harmful bacteria, viruses, algal blooms, oil spills, trash — you name it. It is becoming common practice to close beaches due to the presence of harmful bacteria. Related: Yves Béhar recycles wetsuits and boat sails into ocean-friendly bags The innovative wetsuit is designed to allow divers and surfers to enjoy the waters, no matter how toxic they become . According to the design team, the Rising Seas Wetsuit includes a built-in bio-defense system that offers an impenetrable level of protection to the wearer while they are in the water. The futuristic wetsuit is made out of an Anti-R material that uses nanotechnology to block the absorption of harmful pollutants. The suit includes sensors that monitor the water conditions for bacteria levels, radiation and overall toxicity. All of this information is displayed on a digital LED display that is controlled by a touchscreen control panel on the forearm. The system allows swimmers and divers to access information easily and set preferences, such as alerts for extreme conditions. It also comes with satellite GPS services that provide location-based swell charts and current weather information. According to Vissla, the wetsuit is in the concept stages, and the team emphasized that this is a project they “never want to make a reality.” But its design is meant to draw attention to the extremely urgent issue of ocean pollution and rising sea levels . + Vissla + Surfrider Via Uncrate Images via Vissla

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Rising Seas: Hawaiian Island Wiped off the Map

October 28, 2018 by  
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Have you heard of Hawaii’s East Island? Probably not, but … The post Rising Seas: Hawaiian Island Wiped off the Map appeared first on Earth911.com.

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3 problems that water abundance brings to coastal communities

March 23, 2018 by  
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And two things are missing in the face of rising seas and warmer oceans.

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World’s first floating city one step closer to reality in French Polynesia

January 16, 2017 by  
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San Francisco’s Seasteading Institute has signed a memorandum of understanding with the French Polynesian government that brings the world’s first floating city closer to reality. The Seasteading Institute first established in 2008 has long sought to implement their vision of self-sustaining communities that can withstand rising sea levels, partnering with DeltaSync in 2013 to build a pilot project in The Netherlands . The new agreement could see construction on a full-blown city begin in the South Pacific as early as 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDqtOPNLwMs The Seasteading Institute’s executive director Randolph Hencken told Pacific Beat the recent agreement with the French Polynesian government comprises a major turning point for their organization. The memorandum of understanding ensures all due diligence regarding the economic and environmental impact of such a project will be undertaken. Also, over the next two years, a new legal framework will be created to protect the pioneering initiative. “Mr Hencken said the detail of political autonomy needed to be negotiated and considered under the sovereignty of French Polynesia and France, of which French Polynesia is a territory,” Pacific Beat wrote. Mr Hencken said the Pacific islands appealed to the institute because of its sheltered waters. Building in the open ocean would be possible, he said, but not economically feasible. Related: 5 Pacific islands have already disappeared because of climate change “If we can be behind a reef break,” he said, “then we can design floating platforms that are sufficient for those waters at an affordable cost.” If by the end of 2018 the floating island city remains appealing to the French Polynesian government and construction proceeds in 2019, Hencken hopes eventually hundreds of thousands of people will move there. As melting ice makes seas swell, threatening a wave of climate refugees from low-lying areas, Hencken said floating cities can provide sovereignty and resilience. “So much of the world — places like Kiribati and many of the islands of French Polynesia — are threatened by rising sea levels,” Mr Hencken told the paper . “We are planning to spin off a new industry of floating islands that will allow people to stay tethered to their sovereignty as opposed to having to flee to other countries. + The Seasteading Institute Via ABC Images via The Seasteading Institute

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Weather Researchers Say Global Warming Could Point Future Superstorms Away From New York

September 4, 2013 by  
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Believe it or not, climate change could actually  save New York City from getting hit by another devastating superstorm like Hurricane Sandy . But that doesn’t mean that New York will be completely safe. Read on for more details on this double-edged sword and how researchers think global warming is going to impact future hurricane seasons on the east coast. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , Colorado State University , Columbia University , flooding , global warming , greenhouse gas , Hurricane Sandy , hurricanes , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory , new york city , New York. , rising seas , Severe Weather Patters , storm surge , superstorms , Worsening environment        

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Amazing Whanapoua Sled House Can Be Slid Around the Beach in New Zealand

May 4, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Amazing Whanapoua Sled House Can Be Slid Around the Beach in New Zealand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , beach , Climate Change , Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects , eco design , green design , grey water recycling , modular design , New Zealand , rising seas , sleds , sustainable design , Whanapoua Sled house

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The Cross House is a Naturally Lit Home Hidden in the Forest of Mount Nelson in Tasmania

May 4, 2012 by  
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Designed to float above a sloping site overlooking River Derwent in Tasmania, the Cross House designed by Esan Rahmani and Kathryn Hynard is embedded with the natural logic, colors and characteristics of the surrounding Mount Nelson  forest . Ample skylights allow light to flood in from above reducing the amount of energy required during the day, and at night they provide its occupants with a light show of stars. From the rhythmic patterns of the openings that reference the trees to the local timbers used to clad the exterior of the house, the house always finds a way to connect with the landscape. + Esan Rahmani 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: cross house , esan rahmani , forest homes , green architecture , modern architecture , modern forest retreats , modern retreats , naturally lit architecture , naturally lit interiors

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Bangkok May Be Swamped By Rising Seas, Sinking Land by 2030

September 6, 2011 by  
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A new report from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Co-operation Agency highlights the imminent climate change threat to Bangkok. The report says that much of the city is already below sea level and the ground is sinking by 1.5-5 centimeters per year. By 2030 parts of the city may be underwater, with more than one million buildings, nearly all residential, subject to flooding of their ground floors for at least part of the year. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Rising Seas Could Dampen Aussie Coastal Building

August 20, 2010 by  
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The state government of New South Wales (NSW) just released new planning guidelines that discourage development in some coastal zones due to sea level rise caused by climate change.

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Sustainable Consumption: Opportunity or Oxymoron?

August 20, 2010 by  
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Consuming smarter goes only so far. We also have to consume less of just about everything, and that bumps up squarely against the business imperative, which is to sell more of just about everything.

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