Could France-sized ocean garbage patch become 196th nation?

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Trash is polluting our oceans, and now there’s a patch near Hawaii that is around the size of the entire country of France. The charity Plastic Oceans Foundation and publication LADbible want to recognize the garbage patch as a country, called Trash Isles, to not only raise awareness, but try to get the area cleaned up.

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Garbage from Hurricane Irma will now help power Florida

Hurricane Irma left a mess of destruction in its wake. But in Florida, some of that trash will be put to good use: as electricity. Garbage will be burned in waste-to-energy plants; one such plant in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located, can power around 30,000 homes.

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Redesigned Ocean Cleanup arrays to start scooping up Pacific garbage patch within a year

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch desperately needs to be cleaned up, and The Ocean Cleanup is on the job. They just raised $21.7 million from investors to begin ridding the Pacific Ocean of plastic, maybe even this year. Today CEO Boyan Slat gave the scoop on the organization’s “The Next Phase” from Werkspoorkathedraal, an exhibition in the Netherlands on what they’ve been working on and what we can expect in the future. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleanup takes to the air to count plastic trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Dutch-born Boyan Slat was just 19 years old when he developed a net-like device to collect and sort trash from the ocean. Three years later, the Ocean Cleanup Project is gearing up to take on one of the biggest messes on the planet: the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest marine trash vortex which spans an area larger than the size of Texas. Slat and his team are in the midst of an aerial survey of the floating island of debris, with a specific focus on “ghost nets,” the name given… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building