Andrea Kofoet

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Maersk Deploys Plastic Cleanup Project in Pacific Garbage Patch

Offshore vessel operator Maersk Supply Service has agreed to deploy the AHTS <i>Maersk Launcher</i> in support of the deployment of The Ocean Cleanup trash …

Pollution

The waves of plastic washing up faster than it can be cleaned up in Manila: Volunteers battle in vain against disgusting tide of garbage

A tsunami of waste and plastic washing up and being thrown to shore as volunteers avoid being hit by rubbish has been caught on camera.<p>Rippling and …

Pollution

France plans to make recycled plastic bottles less expensive

Take that, plastic! France has announced that it plans to make bottles made with recycled plastic less expensive than those made from new plastic, …

Sustainability

Garbage companies are refusing your recycling. The trade war with China will make it worse

Across the Bay Area, recycling companies are in a crunch to find places overseas where they can sell plastic yogurt cups and junk mail flyers.<p>China …

Sustainability

Save the planet: Choose plastic shopping bags

There’s a worldwide movement to get rid of plastic shopping bags and replace them with paper or reusable cotton tote bags. The claimed reason is to …

We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly – seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care …

Pollution

90% of plastic polluting our oceans comes from 8 Asian rivers

<b>Indus & the Ganges carry second & sixth highest amounts of plastic debris to the ocean.</b><p>Over the last decade we have become increasingly alarmed at …

First-ever ocean plastic cleaner will tackle Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The first-ever machine to clean up the planet’s largest chunk of ocean plastic is due to set sail.<p>It’s heading to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, …

Pollution

7 Things You Can Do to Create a Plastic-Free Future

By Jen Fela<p>We're celebrating a huge moment in the global movement for a plastic-free future: More than one million people around the world have …

Pollution

The problems with Amsterdam's plastic-free grocery aisle

<b>The aisle relies heavily on biodegradable plastics, which have serious drawbacks.</b><p>Earlier this winter, a supermarket in Amsterdam called Ekoplaza made …

This Ph.D. Student Is Discovering Ways Plastic Gets Into Our Ocean that You’d Never Imagine

Photo: University of Plymouth<p><b>Imogen Napper is a marine scientist from the South West of England who is dedicating her life to getting to the bottom</b> …

Pollution

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.<p>The new research was spurred by the discovery in 2016 of the first …

Pollution

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

British companies shun plastic cups

London — British supermarket Waitrose, food giant Nestlé and accounting firm KPMG on Tuesday became the latest brands to announce plans to cut down …

Blue Planet II

These Robots Are Learning to Conduct Their Own Science Experiments

Inside a lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a robot arm lifts a bottle filled with chemical reagents and carries it over a bank of test …

Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave Reminder Of Our Massive Plastic Problem

A sperm whale was found washed ashore dead after swallowing 64 pounds of plastic debris. The male sperm whale was found on the Murcian coast in southern Spain in late February, reminding us how critical plastic waste in the oceans has become.<p>After investigating, the El Valle Wildlife Rescue Center …

Pollution

The swan nesting in a plastic rubbish island in the heart of Cardiff

These shocking pictures show the toll our dependence on disposable plastics is taking on the natural world.<p>This swan is nesting amid a mass of …

Pollution

Artificial intelligence won’t take our jobs. It will work with us

Mornings are easier than ever for me. True, I need to be careful shaving around the RFID chip in my chin. That’s a small price to pay for not having …

AI experts condemn development of "killer robots" in South Korea

More than 50 leading academics working in the field of robotics have called for a boycott of a South Korean university, over concerns about its …

Artificial Intelligence

A Global Arms Race for Killer Robots Is Transforming the Battlefield

Over the weekend, experts on military artificial intelligence from more than 80 world governments converged on the U.N. offices in Geneva for the …

Elon Musk’s chilling AI warning

Musk, who stars in a new documentary titled ‘Do You Trust This Computer?’, has described a future that many of us can’t even imagine.<p>In doing so, he …

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has grown to twice the size of Texas

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is way bigger than we thought it was.<p>At 618,000 square miles, it’s more than twice the size of Texas and nearly as big as the state of Alaska. That it makes it four to 16 times larger than previously thought, according to new research published in the journal …

Elon Musk warns A.I. could create an ‘immortal dictator from which we can never escape’

Superintelligence — a form of artificial intelligence (AI) smarter than humans — could create an "immortal dictator," billionaire entrepreneur Elon …

Elon Musk Urges People to Watch Chris Paine's A.I. Movie While It's Free

"Do You Trust This Computer?" is now available to stream.<p>Elon Musk is concerned about the future of humanity. The tech entrepreneur shared a link …

Cambridge Analytica

The Future Computed, book review: AI and society, through a Microsoft lens

Now is the time to make sure AI systems are fair, reliable, and safe, private and secure, inclusive, transparent, and accountable, says Microsoft. …

From Ocean Trash To Shirts: Gant Joins Adidas, Others In Making Clothes From Plastic Waste

Would you pay a premium for a shirt that was made partly with old plastic bottles salvaged from the ocean? Clothing company Gant is betting yes, and introducing a new lineup of men’s and women’s technical shirts that will incorporate PET waste recovered from the seas and upcycled into fabrics.<p>The …

Weatherwatch: storms can unlock pollution timebombs of landfill

Coastal rubbish dumps dotted around Britain are at risk of erosion and nobody knows what exactly is inside them<p>Britain’s coasts were battered in this winter’s storms. The Royal North Devon Golf Club, England’s oldest golf course, had a sizeable chunk of its eighth hole washed away during Storm …

Pollution

Maharashtra earmarks Rs 10 crore for awareness drive on plastic ban

The Maharashtra government has made a provision of Rs 10 crore for creating public awareness about effective implementation of the ban on plastic and …

China puts the pinch on Montana's plastic recycling

Recycling in Montana just got a little trickier, thanks in large part to China.

Recycling