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The plastics crisis is more urgent than you know. Recycling bottles won’t fix it

A deposit scheme for bottles won’t make a scrap of difference. This stuff is in our food, our clothes – and in us<p>West Wales, last weekend. The old foam mattress lying waterlogged on an otherwise clean beach might have been at sea for months before it was washed up on the tide. A large bit of it had …

Pollution

Designed to collect trash from ocean, the first ‘Seabin’ has just been installed in Canada

An Australian company has brought a new and innovative device to Canada. It’s called a Seabin and the purpose is simple — to help clean up trash in …

Just 10 River Systems Contribute Up to 95 Percent of Plastic in Oceans

For decades, we've known that the plastics we throw away — empty water bottles and grocery bags, for instance — pollute our oceans. Every year, about …

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted<p>We are living on a plastic planet. What does it mean for our health?<p>Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, …

Pollution
Pollution

Our Plastics Glut Is An Environmental Nightmare -- And An $80 Billion Opportunity

It’s no secret that plastic waste poses a huge threat to our environment, from overflowing landfills to the ever-growing ocean gyres. Designed to last, plastic can take thousands of years to break down. In the meantime, it’s damaging fragile ecosystems and affecting the food chain from the ocean …

Pollution

World Water Day 2017: From sewage to pollution - here are the countries with the poorest water quality on Earth

About 1.8 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, and instead rely on water contaminated with sewage, according to the …

Conservation

The Future Of Urban Farming Might Actually Be Suburban Farming

After dealing with the high costs and logistical nightmares of developing in urban areas, one farming startup realized that they could streamline their process by moving just a bit outside the city limits.<p>When the urban farming startup BrightFarms first launched, it envisioned building its …

Giant net turns fog into drinking water in Morocco

The CloudFisher can harvest up to 36,000 liters of water for 800 people per day<p>Ever notice the droplets of water that collect onto spider webs? So did Peter Trautwein, a volunteer engineer with the German Water Foundation and the creator of a rad new water-harvesting device. The ultra …

UN Climate Change Conference

If This Plastic Bag Ends Up In The Ocean, Don’t Worry–Animals Can Safely Eat It

The Avani Eco Bag is made from cassava, and the company claims it’s perfectly fine for any turtles or fish that decide to munch on it before it breaks down.<p>If a “biodegradable” plastic bag ends up in the ocean, it’s unlikely to actually break down for years–and even if it does, the tiny pieces that …

Open Sourcing Plans for “Low-Tech, High-Thinking” Water Filters

Everyone deserves reliable access to safe water. All too often efforts to create water systems in developing countries are stymied by a lack of community insight and context appropriate solutions. Some studies have shown that 35-50% of these water systems become inoperable after five years. …

Nonprofits

The 28-year-old CEO of Thirst Project tells us how we can help end the global water crisis

When Seth Maxwell, then 19, casually met up with a friend for coffee in 2008, he didn’t expect to leave with a completely altered worldview — but …

New Solar Panels Get Clean Water From Thin Air

We all know now how good solar panels can be in terms of harvesting natural energy from the sun and saving us money in the process. Now, a company …

From wave power to clean water: SAROS is a wave-powered desalination system

<b>This system could produce 3,500 gallons of clean water per day, at half the cost of current desalination methods, using just the motion of the waves</b> …

These Solar Panels Pull Clean Drinking Water Straight From The Air

With pilot programs in Ecuador, Jordan, Mexico, and the U.S., the technology could provide a reliable, clean water to many people who don’t have it today.<p>When a family in Guayaquil, Ecuador turns on the tap for a glass of water, it doesn’t flow from city pipes–there are no city pipes. Instead, a …

Water Stocks: The Best Water Utility Stocks to Invest in Today

Image source: Getty Images.<p>We're going fishing for the best water stocks to invest in today for the long term.Water stocks make compelling investments because they deal in an essential commodity. The supply of fresh water is limited, and demand should grow as the world's population increases and …

Solar Panels Now Make More Electricity Than They Use

And by 2020, the solar industry will have completely "paid back" the energy it took to produce the world's panels.<p>Solar panels make energy, but they take energy to make, too. And, until about 2010 or so, the solar panel industry used more electricity than it produced, according to a new analysis. …

Meet the two 'Uber for trash' startups that are trying to make waste less wasteful

Many of the companies in this space are fundamentally similar — they connect two entities together, usually buyers and sellers, in the most efficient way possible.<p>So it should come as no surprise that there are currently two startups being called "the Uber for trash," and both are focusing on …

Startups

The plastic plague: Can our oceans be saved from environmental ruin?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has become the stuff of legend. This hotspot of marine waste, created by the spiral currents of the North Pacific Gyre, has been described as a floating trash island the size of Russia.<p>But when filmmaker Jo Ruxton visited the location, she found clear blue …

Pollution

3tags.org

These Startups Around The World Turn Trash Into Cash

The average person produces 4.3 pounds of waste every day, 1.6 pounds more than back in 1960. In the United States, 55% of the 220 million tons of waste end up in landfills or the oceans.<p>However, there are imaginative ways of looking at waste. As many communities around the world are moving towards …

Sustainability

World's first ocean trash recon mission is complete - and the results are way worse than we thought

The Ocean Cleanup just completed its first aerial reconnaissance scan of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to assess how serious the problem of ocean …

The Global Water Crisis, in Pictures

The photographer Mustafah Abdelaziz documents sustainability and inequality across the world.<p>In 2015, the photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz was living in China. For two months, he had been photographing the Yangtze River, crowded with shipping containers transporting materials between cities. One …

This new drone has a ton of useful features, and it looks like a blast to use

Flying an airplane drone.<p>Parrot's Disco FPV drone lets you soar the skies and fly a drone-style remote-controlled airplane from the comfort of terra firma, and it looks like an absolute blast.<p>Check it out:

Drones

Don't Believe Something as Simple as Water Can Change Lives? Watch This Stunning Video Now.

charity: water started with a birthday party. After signing up to volunteer in Liberia in an attempt to turn his hedonistic life around, former …

These Houses Are Built With Blocks Made From Waste Plastic

In Bogota, 700 tons of plastic is discarded daily, with only 100 tons of that recycled. But that’s all beginning to change, thanks to the work of architect Oscar Mendez. His company, Conceptos Plásticos transforms plastic and rubber waste into a construction material, and uses it to build houses …

Sustainability

Ikea’s Newly Designed Refugee Shelters Are a Game Changer

Refugee camps across Iraq are about to get a Swedish touch.<p>The United Nations’ refugee agency just ordered 10,000 shelters designed by Ikea, its …

This Pop-Up Solar Power Station Can Be Installed Instantly Anywhere In The World

Push a button, and poof, you have electricity.<p>At the push of a button, this shipping container instantly transforms into a pop-up solar power station: Hidden solar panels slide out of drawers on each side and start immediately start generating energy wherever they’re needed, whether for disaster …

This Plastic Sheet Morphs Into A Disaster Shelter In 2 Minutes

Watch this flat pack transform into a weatherproof shelter that can house a small family in their time of need.<p>After a major natural disaster, one of the obvious challenges is providing a place for people to sleep. Most temporary shelters take some time and skill to assemble, and pre-built shelters …