The Ocean Clean-Up Project Will Clean Up 50% of the World’s Largest Ocean Garbage Patch in Five Years

 

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The Ocean Cleanup foundation, founded by Dutch engineering student Boyan Slat when he was just 20 years old, will begin work in the first half of 2018– two years ahead of schedule!

Its first major operation will begin in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a swirling vortex of mainly plastic waste located in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean.

As reported by dezeen.com —

“The team will use a floating barrier to slowly push the plastic to shore. This update of the initial design, which was recognised at the Designs of The Year awards in 2015, will be weighted to move with the current instead of fixed to the sea bed. Once ashore, the waste plastic would be recycled and turned into sellable products to help fund the project.

… ‘The elegance of the design is that we managed to make it even simpler,’ he added. ‘It’s just one barrier, one anchor, two lines connecting them and a central passive collection point for the plastic.’

… Slat first came up with the Ocean Cleanup idea in 2011 when he was 16, after a diving holiday in Greece where he saw a huge amount of plastic waste in the water. He developed this into a school project, which was given an award by Delft’s University of Technology.

His organisation now has over 100 volunteers, including scientists and engineers, and is supported by 15 other institutions.”

According to its website, a full-scale deployment of the system is estimated to clean up 50 % of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years.

Great news for our planet and how inspiring that one idea can make all the difference!

 

Amazing new glasses to make color-blindness a thing of the past!

This is some positive news that has direct benefits for my family. My husband was first diagnosed with color blindness as a child. He could never distinguish between blue, purple and pink or between red and orange. When I met him, he only wore gray, brown, black and white because he was worried that if he tried anything else he would clash.

Earlier this year, Enchroma came out with these glasses that “enhance color perception by separating light into its primary spectral components.” What I think is particularly amazing about this is that it treats virtually all forms of color blindness in one amazing product.

When my husband put them on, he was at first struck speechless. He had never experienced the world with such vividness before. He had never realized that our two daughters wore so much pink and now he sees why they like it. 🙂

While people often make light of color blindness, it actually can impact an individual’s ability to function in an increasingly complex and color-reliant world (think of color-coded charts, colored text, stop lights, etc. ). Now the color blind no longer have to wonder what they’re missing and can experience the visual world in all its fullness and beauty.

Here is a pic of my hubby trying on his glasses for the first time. 🙂

 

The Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Repairing Itself

 

Just ran across this little slice of hope from a LiveScience article earlier this year, available at http://www.livescience.com/55250-antarctic-ozone-hole-healing.html

Apparently the multinational Montreal Protocol to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) back in 1987 has contributed to “reduced amounts of ozone depleting compounds,” and a marked decrease in the size of the ozone hole over the South Pole. This is evidence of well-intended and targeted efforts on a global scale having real and positive results for our planet.

Giant Pandas No Longer Endangered! Hurray!

It’s official: giant pandas are no longer endangered

September 12, 2016

I love this story because humans have actually saved another species from near-extinction! According to this article, the Chinese government’s forest conversation efforts are in large part responsible for the resurgence of the panda population. 🙂

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