ocean garbage Articles

  • What will it take to get plastics out of the ocean?

    From drones to filters to artificial islands, innovators are working to reduce the threat thousands of tons of trash pose to marine ecosystems. A few palm trees stand strong in the salty breeze. Located on the southern tip of the Pacific island chain of Hawaii, Kamilo Beach is an isolated stretch of black volcanic shoreline in the middle of nowhere. Just a few hundred yards ...


    By Ensia

  • Can we reposition the preferred geological conditions necessary for an infil

    The quantity and quality of feed water for desalting is critical for efficient operation of a desalination plant. This paper considers a synthetic permeable system designed to take advantages of the advances in directional drilling as well as incorporate the use of geotextile fabrics to transfer the preferred infiltration characteristics to any coastal site. The filtered seawater collection ...


  • Plastic debris and policy: Using current scientific understanding to invoke positive change

    Captain Charles Moore introduced the world to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in the mid‐1990s, and images of plastic debris in the oceans began to sweep the media. Since then, there has been increasing interest from scientists, the public, and policy makers regarding plastic debris in the environment. Today, there remains no doubt that plastic debris contaminates aquatic (marine and ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Second Life for Shipping Waste

    According to the World Ocean Review, the global merchant fleet has a capacity to carry more than 1 billion tons of cargo, fuel, freshwater, ballast water, provisions, passengers and crew. Combined, these floating “towns” produce vast quantities of waste. When officials in Rotterdam, which harbors nearly 34,000 seagoing vessels each year, discovered ...


    By Ensia

  • Is Waste Going to be Our Apocalypse Without a Noah’s Ark to Save Us?

    Human beings have been dumping waste in water, including the ocean, since before the Agricultural Age. The Industrial Age brought with it new materials to dump, chemical wastes and by-products. Some materials are dumped into rivers and find their way to the ocean by running downstream. Other materials are dumped directly into the ocean from boats. Plastic is a harmful pollutant that does not ...


    By ABCOV Companies

  • Rethinking Packaging

    Packaging—it surrounds almost everything we buy. Think about all the boxes, plastic wrap, six-pack rings, toothpaste tubes, plastic bottles, Styrofoam peanuts, and more we come across every day. Unfortunately, a lot of this packaging either ends up in the trash can or is littered. One way to be responsible is to buy things that don’t have a lot of packaging. If you do buy something ...


    By Eco Partners, Inc.

  • We need a global treaty on plastics. Here’s what it should look like.

    Plastic pollution is more than an ocean problem, and it’s time we treat it as such. Plastics have boosted our economy because they are versatile, cheap and durable. Yet, thanks to these same traits, in the course of establishing a US$750 billion global industry, we have ...


    By Ensia

  • Manmade chemicals a major cause of global climate change

    Although the Earth?s climate evolves naturally over time, the major cause of climate change that is harmful and lead to unfavorable weather, water patterns, growth patterns are due to the release of manmade chemicals. While these chemicals are necessary to produce certain items, operate essential refrigeration equipment, or make our daily lives easier, they are a danger to the environment and the ...


    By Verisae

  • Why waste management

    Since 1973 we are a part of environmentally friendly and economical shredding systems for all types of waste. Since 1973 MERCODOR GmbH Sondermaschinenbau KG (Special Products), Frankfurt/Main, The company’s shredding systems are used for the reduction of waste volume in various commercial and industrial applications, including hotels, hospitals, commercial kitchens and cruise ...

  • New research may solve the problem of plastic wastes

    GLOBE-Net, May 8, 2013* - Plastic - it is an indispensable part of our everyday lives and an almost indestructible part of the garbage that daily ends up in our landfills, incinerators, junk yards, in our rivers or oceans, or in the bellies of fish or animals that form part of our food chain.  Every year, over 260 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally. That is ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Making plastic more than disposable: The next great brand challenge?

    Plastic is one of the great inventions of the 20th Century. But is it a half-formed innovation? We need to push the innovation of plastic further, and throw the current brand of plastic in the recycling bin. "We live in a platform world," an enthusiastic Jason Foster, of Replenish, told me at the recent ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • A warming world means more destructive storms

    Elevated global temperatures bring a number of threats, including rising seas and more crop-withering heat waves. Higher surface water temperatures in the tropical oceans also provide more energy to drive tropical storm systems, leading to more-destructive hurricanes and typhoons. The combination of rising seas, more powerful storms, and stronger storm surges can be devastating. Just how ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Is it time to rethink recycling?

    If our current approach to recycling isn’t the best for the economy or the environment, why do we do it? Criticize recycling and you may as well be using a fume-spewing chainsaw to chop down ancient redwoods, as far as most environmentalists are concerned. But recent research into the environmental costs and benefits and some tough-to-ignore market realities have even the most ...


    By Ensia

  • Stormwater: Questions and Answers

    The whole subject of Stormwater is complicated. Here's a chance for you to check out some of the most frequently asked questions about stormwater . . . and their answers. What is an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit? The Clean Water Act prohibits anybody from discharging 'pollutants' through a 'point source' into a 'water of the United States' unless they ...


    By Ben Meadows

  • When it comes to food packaging, what we don’t know could hurt us

    Recent analyses raise disturbing questions about the health and environmental effects of the stuff that encases our edibles. It’s almost impossible to imagine life without flexible, transparent and water-resistant food packaging, without plastic sandwich bags, cling film or shelves filled with plastic jars, tubs and tubes, and durable bags and ...


    By Ensia

  • Recycling at Special Events.Where Crowds Gather, Recyclables are Sure to Follow

     Special events pose a challenge to recyclers because the waste stream often contains large amounts of single-use products and food discards, and multiple vendors often serve participants. While the type of materials generated varies by event size, venue, and theme, quantities can be substantial. For example, the 30,000 patrons at the Davis, California 1999 Whole Earth Festival produced more ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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