Oceans are dubbed the ‘ultimate sink’ for plastic waste

March 4, 2019 by  
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Plastic waste has officially reached the deepest levels of the world’s oceans, which are now being dubbed as the ultimate sinks for pollution. Scientists discovered organisms that had ingested microplastics at the bottom of the Mariana trench, which descends over 6,000 meters. The Royal Society Open Science journal published the findings of the study, concluding that all marine environments have now been affected by plastic waste. Many of these microplastics come from substances that do not biodegrade quickly and make their way to the ocean via landfills. Once they reach the ocean, the plastics break down even further and float to the bottom. Related: Point Nemo, the most remote spot in the ocean, is plagued with plastic Scientists are well aware of the impact plastics have on shallow marine environments, where the waste is a choking hazard for seabirds, whales and dolphins. But nobody thought the problem to be as widespread as the study showed. Scientists captured creatures from six different locations deep on the ocean floor. The researchers examined organisms from the Japan trench, Mariana trench , Izu-Bonin trench, Peru-Chile trench and the New Hebrides and Kermadec trenches. Microplastics were discovered in all six locations. Some of the plastics that were ingested included lyocell, ramie, polyvinyl, rayon and polyethylene. The deeper the scientists looked, the more contamination they found. This is largely due to the fact that the waste has nowhere to go once it reaches the bottom of the ocean and cannot be flushed out. “It is intuitive that the ultimate sink for this debris, in whatever size, is the deep sea,” the study concluded. It is unclear how much these microplastics are harming deep sea ecosystems. Scientists believe the waste is more harmful at lower depths, because organisms that thrive in these environments often eat whatever they come across. While scientists continue to do more studies, researchers admitted that it is depressing finding so much plastic waste in a place where humans have such little contact yet are making the biggest impact. Via The Guardian Image via TKremmel

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Life on a disposable planet

March 10, 2018 by  
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A reality check about the ultimate cost of our economy’s unchecked consumption.

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Organic Gardening Books to Help Your Garden Grow

March 8, 2018 by  
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At the core of homesteading, the ultimate self-sufficient lifestyle, is growing … The post Organic Gardening Books to Help Your Garden Grow appeared first on Earth911.com.

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The Ultimate Guide to Conserving Water at Home

March 7, 2018 by  
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Welcome to Water Wednesdays, our series on everything you need … The post The Ultimate Guide to Conserving Water at Home appeared first on Earth911.com.

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CEM 7 video: Achieving power for all

June 21, 2016 by  
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Power For All is a campaign that advocates for clean technology and renewable energy distribution systems in developing communities worldwide with the ultimate goal of achieving universal energy access.

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Sigurd Larsen adds the ultimate grown up playhouse to Berlin’s Hotel Michelberger

February 8, 2016 by  
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Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

September 5, 2014 by  
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Heads up students – we’re giving away $200 worth of green school supplies from our friends at The Ultimate Green Store ! Two lucky grand prize winners will each receive $100 to spend on eco-school supplies for the school year – including upcycled backpacks , BPA-free lunchboxes , tree-free recycled pencil sets, and much more. The deadline to enter is September 17th at 11:59PM ET – submit your awesome green ideas here to win ! ENTER HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Mother Photographs the Close Bonds Between Her Sons and Animal Friends on Their Idyllic Farm

January 19, 2014 by  
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Mother and photographer Elena Shumilova may have one of the world’s most enchanting family albums. Her work captures the interactions between her two young boys and their bonds with the animals living on their Russian farm. Witnessing her children grow and interact with their dogs, cats, ducklings, and rabbits makes the viewer long for the innocence of youth and a closer connection with nature. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elena shumilova , farm , farm animals , Photography , russia        

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Architecture Student Retrofits School Bus into Sleek Mobile Home for the Ultimate Road Trip

August 21, 2013 by  
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Cervélo’s P5 Bicycle is the World’s Most Aerodynamic Triathlon Bike

July 16, 2012 by  
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Cervélo just created the ultimate bike for any triathlon or cycling enthusiast. According to Cervélo, its new P5 bike is the most aerodynamic time trial bike ever engineered. Building on its past aero bikes and with the theme “Simply Faster”, the Cervélo P5 produces less drag than than any other bicycle Cervélo has ever tested, helping athletes get to the finish line even faster. Read the rest of Cervélo’s P5 Bicycle is the World’s Most Aerodynamic Triathlon Bike Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerodynamic bike , Aerodynamic shape , aerodynamics , bicycles , bike , Cervelo , Cervelo P5 , green bike , green transportation , new technology bike design

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