Ocean Cleanup Project launches San Francisco base in Pacific trash-busting bid

February 14, 2018 by  
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The Ocean Cleanup Project seeks to dismantle the Great Pacific Garbage Patch , guided by an ambitious design concept and the development of new technology to tackle the pollution threat. First conceived in 2013 by aerospace engineering student Boyan Slat, the Ocean Cleanup Project has recently announced the location of its home base, a former naval station in San Francisco Bay . From here, the Ocean Cleanup Project will manufacture, then launch, the first of its giant trash-collecting booms. With any luck, the inaugural trash-busting voyage will set sail in mid-2018. In addition to its strategic location, the former Alameda Naval Station in San Francisco Bay is a location that carries special significance for Slat. “Next to Alameda’s major historical military significance, it was here that the famous car chase scene in The Matrix Reloaded was filmed, and it was home to some of the best experiments of my favorite childhood TV show, MythBusters,” said Slat . “We’re honored to be allowed to use this site as the assembly yard for the world’s first ocean cleanup system. Hopefully, we will make some history here as well.” Related: Could France-sized ocean garbage patch become 196th nation? The Ocean Cleanup Project ‘s 2,000-foot-long system harnesses natural currents to catch trash in passive, strategically located arms, under which wildlife should be able to swim. While some have criticized the project for the potential environmental damage and cost, the group has committed to undergoing environmental impact studies at every stage in development and production. The team has already conducted aerial surveys of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and developed a prototype system in the Netherlands. By the end of this year, we should know more about whether the Ocean Clean Project’s design is an effective tool to fight pollution. Via New Atlas Images via The Ocean Cleanup Project

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Freaky sea slugs wash up on California beaches as water temperatures rise

June 22, 2015 by  
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Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup

February 12, 2014 by  
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San Francisco is world-famous for its clam chowder, but a new report from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Board threatens to make the city notorious for another, less appetizing kind of soup. In their annual assessment, “ Pulse of the Bay ,” researchers found significant levels of pesticides, herbicides, flame retardants, and a host of other nasty chemicals in the water. While none of the toxins were marked with the highest designation of concern, several were assigned the level directly below and show no signs of decreasing. Read the rest of Chemical Contamination Threatens to Turn San Francisco Bay into a Toxic Soup Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alkylphenols , chemical regulation , clam chowder , insecticide contamination , mercury , pbde flame retardants , perfluoro-octane sulfate , pesticide cotamination , polybrominated diphenyl ether , pulse of the bay , pyrethroids , San Francisco , san francisco bay , san francisco bay regional water quality board , toxic chemicals , toxic soup , united states        

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10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments

December 3, 2013 by  
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The High Line Park in NYC. Photo by Jill Fehrenbacher for Inhabitat Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or land affected by war , natural disaster or disuse. These neglected places, while often having a negative impact on the environment and surrounding community, are simultaneously part of our cultural heritage. To highlight the significance of these spaces, and the potential that they hold to become something more than a blight, we’ve gathered up a series of projects that illuminate how designers use unlikely opportunities to transform landscapes into spectacular spaces—all while preserving their historic and cultural meaning. These 10 case studies showcase the creative approaches global city governments, preservationists, developers and the design community have taken to transform marginalized places into healthy and meaningful environments for everyone to enjoy. Read the rest of 10 Landscape Design Projects That Turn Damaged and Neglected Spaces Into Healthy, Beautiful Environments Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abandoned industrial site , abandoned transportation infrastructure , Alcatraz , alumni valley , BAC , Bioremediation , Boston Architectural College , brownfield , brownfield into greenfield , cultural site , Diller Scofidio + Renfro , duisburg gernamy , ecology , elevated railroad , Environment , fresh kills landfill , fresh kills park , garden , gas works park , greenfield , hebei province china , herinneringspar , high line , high line nyc , industrial landscape , james corner field operations , landscape architects , Landscape Architecture , landscape design , landscape designers , landscape history , landscape preservation , landscapes , latz + partners , latz + partners park duisburg nord , michael van valkenburgh associates , National Park Service , national parks association , new york city , Pamela Hartford , park , Piet Oudolf , post-industrial factory landscape , public gardens , qinhuangdao city , reclaimed coal gasification plant , reclaimed landscapes , reclaimed steel plant , Reclamation , rehabilitation , resued landscapes , revitalization , richard haag , richard haag gas works park , San Francisco , san francisco bay , san francisco california , san francisco california academy of sciences , Seattle Washington , Staten Island , staten island new york , stoss , sustainable design , sustainable farming , tanghe river park , the crack garden , the garden conservancy , the gardens of alcatraz , the high line , the red ribbon , wasteland , waterfront , wellesley college , wellesley ma , wellesley Massachusetts , westhoek flanders belgium , wetlands , wetlands from wasteland        

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Whale Spotter App Seeks to Reduce Collisions with Ships in San Francisco Bay

September 20, 2013 by  
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Whale and commercial ship collisions are a tragic side effect of global shipping, but a new app called Whale Spotter has been designed to arrest such occurrences. In the busy ports of the San Francisco Bay Area , more than 7,300 large ships head through the Golden Gate each year. Their routes often coincide with whales swimming along the continental shelf, where their food supply is plentiful. In order to reduce the amount of collisions and whale deaths each year, government officials teamed up with sailors, fishermen and marine scientists to build an app that can spot whales on a user-friendly, interactive map. Read the rest of Whale Spotter App Seeks to Reduce Collisions with Ships in San Francisco Bay Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean tech , commercial shipping , global shipping , green gadgets , green tech , San Francisco , san francisco bay , whale collisions , whale spotter , whale spotter application , whale spotting , whales        

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DIY: How To Make Vegan Wild Mushroom & Olive Tapenade in a Few Simple Steps

September 20, 2013 by  
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Snøhetta and AECOM Unveil New Design for Golden State Warriors Arena in San Francisco

May 7, 2013 by  
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Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change

December 31, 2012 by  
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Silicon Valley office building photo from Shutterstock Even the Internet is not immune to the effects of climate change . Many of the world’s most famous tech giants, such as Facebook , Oracle, Google , Intel, and LinkedIn are at risk of flooding due to rising seas. A recent piece by Scientific American’s ClimateWire detailed the risks that companies face from global warming. Many areas of Silicon Valley are below sea level and close to the water, and a number facilities are vulnerable to fluctuating coastlines. Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose and the iconic Highway 1 could all be subject to massive flooding in the near future. Despite the threat of soggy facilities, Silicon Valley’s biggest names have been mostly silent as to plans of how to deal with the rising Pacific. Read the rest of Silicon Valley at Significant Risk of Sea Level Rise Due to Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Army Corps of Engineers , Climate Change , climatewire , Facebook , global warming , Google , highway 1 , intel , internet , LinkedIn , mike mielke , oracle , Pacific , palo alto , san francisco bay , san jose , santa clara , scientific american , sea level rise , sen dianne feinstein , silicon valley , silicon valley leadership group , sunnyvale , valley of heart’s delight

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