Rotterdam catches floating plastics

Rotterdam catches floating plastics

Based on what is found on the banks, we expect to collect 10 to 20 tons of plastic per year. It will be roughly a quarter of the plastic that flows through the River Maas.

Rotterdam catches – a part of – the floating plastics and other debris.

Plastics in the oceans have to be reduced.

It’s the mission of the Dutch student Boyan Slat and now extended by the city of Rotterdam. Read More

Energy storage on the bottom of the sea

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A worldwide survey had identified potential StEnSEA sites with a cumulative storage capacity of around 817 terawatt-hours.

Why not store energy In hollow tanks on the bottom of the sea? The German Fraunhofer Institute started a test with spherical storage tanks.

In November 2016, the first tank has been placed at the bottom of the Bodensee, near the German border with Switzerland.

Ultimately, the aim is to place the tanks in the area of offshore wind farms. But for now, the institute choose the lake because it is more practical for the tests. Read More

Test Prototype Ocean CleanUp

Test Prototype Ocean CleanUp

During his diving holliday in Greece, he found more plastic bags than fish. Now he is 21 and CEO of a high-profile company whose mission is to clean up the incredible amount of plastic floating around in the oceans.

This Prototype developed to CleanUp the Oceans, can be a real game changer.

Since today, the first prototype of the ocean cleanup installation is ready to test.

It’s an invention of Boyan Slat, with which he wants to clean up the plastic debris in the oceans.

Instead of an installation of one hundred kilometers in length, this scale model is a one hundred meters long prototype which is posted for the Dutch coast in the North Sea. Read More

Let’s clean up the Oceans with this SeaBin

SeaBin

The rubbish bin, designed to float in marinas, inland waterways, residential lakes and harbors, catches floating debris and liquids by sucking water from the surface and letting if flow out through the bottom of the structure, trapping waste in a catch bag.

Do you love your boat? And do you want to clean up the water in the harbor? This is what we have for you. This genius bucket can suck garbage right out of the ocean.

It’s called the SeaBin and it works just like a fish tank filter. Let’s get rid of the plastic soup. Read More

90% of seabirds do have plastics in their stomach

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Seabirds often make mistakes. They think they eat fish eggs, but in fact they are eating waste.

Until now it was thought that “only” 29% of all seabirds suffered with plastics in their body.

But a study by Australian scientists showed that rather, 90% of the seabirds do have plastics in their stomach. Read More

Leonardo DiCaprio donates $15m beating environmental issues

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Leonardo DiCaprio at the UN: ‘Climate change is not hysteria – it’s a fact’

Leonardo DiCaprio’s foundation is going to set $15 million in donations to environmental groups including Amazon Watch, Save the Elephants, Tree People and the World Wildlife Fund. Read More

Oceans are economic superpowers

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Chinese sanitation workers in Shanghai fish out thousands of dead pigs found floating in the Huangpu (March 2013)

The economical value of the oceans is analyzed by the University of Queensland and the Boston Consulting Group, as the seventh largest economy in the world.

The oceans are representing a value of 23,8 trillion dollars. Listed just below the UK and over Brazil.

This result has been presented in the report ‘Reviving the Ocean Economy‘, commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund Read More

Who rescues pacific islands from global warming?

Vanuatu

In this part of the Pacific Ocean, the sea level rises about 7 millimeters per year. This is more than twice the world average of 3 millimeters per year.

It is difficult to say whether monster cyclone Pam is a direct result of climate change. What is certain, is that the condition of low-lying island nations in the Pacific Ocean is awkward.

Four days after cyclone ‘Pam’ hit Vanuatu, much remains unclear. About the damages, and the number of victims.

Fact is that in this part of the Pacific Ocean, the sea level rises about 7 millimeters per year. This is more than twice the world average of 3 millimeters per year. Read More

NASA Data will help forecasting Hurricanes

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Because of sea level rising, historical cities will be lost

Researchers of NASA are now able to simulate a heavy storm, typhoon or hurricane and help local authorities saving their people in an early stage.

The researchers used data, including temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction. With this model they can predict a disaster because of the climate change. Read More

Your green world: contribute to this vessel cleans rivers and canals

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Contrary to the commonly-held belief that plastic takes 500 to 1,000 years to decomposes, researchers now report that the hard plastic polystyrene begins to break down in the ocean within one year, releasing potentially toxic bisphenol A (BPA) and other chemicals into the water…”

Entrepreneur De Waard started the Foundation SarasWater and now introduces a vessel that cleans rivers and canals from plastics. While snorkeling on vacation, he was astonished by the amount of plastics in the water.

The Foundation needs 20,000 euros to develop a prototype which can catch plastic particles to 2 millimeters to big parts. 

Link to the crowdfunding platform Read More

10 cities in danger Sea Level Rising

10 cities in danger Sea Level Rising

Building with Nature: wood is used for the restoration of mangrove forests in Indonesia

10 cities are in danger because of Sea Level Rising. And 44% of all people on Earth live within 100 miles of the shore.

Luckily, a growing number of studies have measured the risk from rising oceans, in different areas.

They made predictions for sea level rising in 2030, 2050 and 2070.  Read More

Actual report Greenhouse gas emissions. Need for changing?

Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO 2) from the atmosphere

Ocean acidification is the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth’s oceans, caused by the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO 2) from the atmosphere

Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer.

Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years. 

The US Environment Protection Agency reported that 65% of greenhouse gases are generated by combustion of fossil fuel. Of which, 45% is from coal, 35% is from oil, and 20% is from natural gas.

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Regenerating plastic grows back after damage

A recently published paper in Science today details how to create regenerating plastic objects that can self-repair damage that stretches more than an inch across. An object can be damaged over and over and still repair itself without seriously compromising its strength.

In the video, Professor Scott White discusses the research Read More