Greta Thunberg will sail across Atlantic to attend UN Climate Summits

August 1, 2019 by  
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Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, is faced with a dilemma: how will she get to the U.N. Climate Summit in New York City with out leaving a carbon footprint ? Enter Boris Herrmann and Pierre Casiraghi, professional sailors who offered the young activist a ride on their high-speed, zero-emissions sailboat the Malizia II . The sailboat journey will take two weeks to reach the New York Climate Summit. After New York, the group will venture on another trip to Santiago, Chile for the U.N. Framework Convention. Related: New report warns of extreme heat of 127 degrees or more in the US “This is pretty much where our future will be decided. By the year 2020, next year, the emission curve must have been bended steep downwards if we are to have a change to stay below 1.5 or 2 degrees of warming,” said Thunberg of the U.N. events. The crew has warned Thunberg the trip will not be glamorous, including no access to showers, air conditioning, refrigeration or fresh meals. There is also a chance that the seas could be rough. “I asked her if she was scared and she explained in a very analytical way that she thinks this voyage is safe, the boat has a lot of safety systems and is capable of sailing around the world in a race and therefore it’s a strong boat,” says Herrmann. The sailboat, Malizia II is one of only a few zero-emissions sailboats of its size in the world. It has solar panels and underwater turbines that generate electricity while the ship is sailing. Thunberg’s father will also be aboard the ship for the journey, along with a filmmaker to document their adventure. Thunberg has taken a year off from school in order to focus on her work as an outspoken climate activist. Via TreeHugger Image via Flickr

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Rusting 1950s cargo ship transformed into a stunning modern floating home

October 26, 2017 by  
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Yacht construction and house building fabulously come together in this conversion project that turned a 1957 cargo ship into a modern  floating home in Amsterdam. Dutch studio ANA architecten redesigned the structure for a client who wanted to live on the water and enjoy expansive views of Amsterdam’s canals without giving up the comforts of a traditional home. The architects shortened the ship to fit the water plot and made sure that the interior has enough space to house a modern home. Unlike most ship and barge conversions, this transformation eliminated the linear system of spaces and offers several sight lines that run the entire length of the ship and across different floors. One of the most important elements is the terrace that sits in the middle of the double-height space. Windows in the wheelhouse, portoles and the patio that leads onto the terrace provide ample natural light. Related: Coal barge in London converted into a sophisticated floating home The master bedroom functions as an independent living space and includes a pantry, bathroom, toilet and a sitting area. The kitchen sits at the core of the ship and provides a direct connection to the main living area. The wheelhouse acts as an alternative living room, which fits the overall concept of creating several seating areas throughout the interior. Related: Experimental floating office takes over a converted WWII barge The architects replaced the existing aluminum and single-glass windows with handmade mahogany frames and double glazing. An air-water heat pump extracts heat from the air and heats the ship through low-temperature floor heating. Photovoltaic panels can be installed on the roof in order to make the structure more energy-efficient. + ANA architecten

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Unmanned solar-powered Mayflower research ship will cross the Atlantic in 2020

August 19, 2015 by  
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There won’t be any pilgrims aboard the Mayflower when it sails across the Atlantic in 2020. In fact, there won’t be anyone aboard the ship, as this research vessel will be entirely unmanned . The wind- and solar-powered Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship (MARS) will sail itself from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts on the 400th anniversary of the original ship’s journey to the new world. Unlike its namesake, this ship will have no crew at all. Read the rest of Unmanned solar-powered Mayflower research ship will cross the Atlantic in 2020

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Worst of New Zealand Oil Spill Yet to Come as Ship Starts to Break Apart

October 17, 2011 by  
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Photo: Getty Images The ongoing oil spill off the coast of New Zealand began nearly two weeks ago, but it will get worse before it gets better, officials predict. Much worse. Since the Rena ran aground on a reef, oil has been steadily but slowly leaking into the ocean and reaching shore. But the ship’s position on the reef has become increasingly precarious, battered by high winds and 12 foot waves. The breakup of the ship and the spilling of another 1,000 tons of oil into the water are likely imminent, reported the New… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Maersk Orders 10 of the World’s "Greenest" Container Ships

February 25, 2011 by  
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Shipping company Maersk has is making great strides towards reducing the emissions of its fleet.  Since 2007, the company has already reduced its emissions per ship by 17 percent and with a new order for 10 of the most efficient container ships to date, the company is well on its way to achieving its goal of a 25 percent reduction by 2020. The new ship built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering company and called the Triple-E , emits half the carbon of the industry average for its class of container ship and 20 percent less carbon than the current title-holder, the Emma Maersk.

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Coal-Carrying Ship Wrecked on Barrier Reef Will Take Weeks to Remove

April 5, 2010 by  
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Photo via Physorg, Credit Australian Maritime Safety Authority Saturday, a coal-carrying ship, the Chinese Shen Neng 1, ran around on Douglas Shoals in the Great Barrier Reef. It is (or at least was) a pristine habitat and favorite fishing spot.

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