While the The Ocean Cleanup team is trying to filter the smallest particles of plastic out of the ocean, in the port of Rotterdam you might be able to cross a floating Waste Shark; a drone able to collect up to 500 kilos of trash; one of the two newest innovations in the harbor.
When it comes to what you eat, do you ever stop to think about how healthy your food is? Another factor of food to think about involves the health of the environment. Agriculture today isn’t where it needs to be. Here’s how farmers are taking the next step for better agriculture tomorrow.
The level of plastic in the oceans lately became an urgent topic. Getting rid of it is the aim of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a dutch company founded by 21-year-old inventor Boyan Slat four years ago, when he was 17. He created a prototype of an advanced clean-up system which will be installed in the North Sea approximately 12 nautical miles off the Dutch coast, where it will remain for a full year for a performance tests. This prototype is the first ocean cleanup system even tested at sea.
Have you ever been to the beach and been attacked by a seagull for a potato chip? These birds choose this food over their natural selection because people-food is in more abundance and relatively easy to get. Think about it. Seagulls and other shore animals can rely (not that they should) with a steady supply of food from June – August. And every year we flock to beaches in ever-growing numbers. To meet the demands of so many consumers, towns have developed their fragile coastal and marine ecosystems into housing and recreational facilities.
Life in plastic, it’s fantastic. The iconic words of Aqua’s 1997 smash hit Barbie Girl. But we are rapidly coming to terms with just how fantastic plastic really is. Plastic is an incredibly versatile material. Forms of plastic occur naturally such as rubber, chewing gum and shellac, but in 1907 humans synthetically produced plastic and have never stopped manufacturing and consuming it. For good or bad, we now live on a Plastic Planet.
Probably the house in which you live was built using some kind of plastic. In fact, plastic of all types is all around us, from our computers to our water bottles. It’s one of the most flexible materials known to man. But, as you probably know, the amount of plastic waste humans produce is immense, and most of it ends up polluting the environment and endangering wildlife. Yet in this case, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A canadian entrepreneur is trying to help reduce plastic pollution by building a village made out of plastic in Panama.
Surfers Against Sewage is a charitable organization created with the aim of protecting “the oceans, waves and British beaches”. Their environmentalist battle to bring to the public attention the pollution of our seas and the exploitation of the coast has resulted, over the years, in some effective and sometimes very explicit awareness campaigns. In their provocative last images the target is plastic.