Lecomte reaches mile 1,000 in his swim across the Pacific Ocean

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Ben Lecomte, the first person to swim across the Atlantic Ocean back in 1998, is now attempting to be the first swimmer to traverse the Pacific Ocean. The record-setter is taking on the challenge not only for himself, but also to raise awareness about ocean pollution, health and conservation. The activist has now passed the 1,000 nautical mile marker from his starting point in the port city of Yokohama, Japan.

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SeagrassSpotter app empowers ocean lovers to become citizen scientists

Bet you don’t often think about seagrass, but this powerhouse plant supports thousands of marine creatures, sequesters carbon, cleans water, and generates oxygen. But Earth loses around two football pitches of seagrass every single hour, according to Wales-based charity Project Seagrass, and co-founder Richard Unsworth told Mongabay irregular mapping of seagrass meadows has hindered work to protect the plants. So Project Seagrass released their SeagrassSpotter app, with the hope that instead of a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Man plans to swim the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness for plastic pollution

You’ve heard a lot about the ocean plastic crisis, and may even know a fair amount about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But for many us, the issue can still seem far away when we drink out of a plastic bottle or carry groceries home in a plastic bag. Swimmer Ben Lecomte plans to offer a new, up-close perspective on ocean health as he swims 5,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean. During his potentially record-setting trek, he’ll collaborate with 27 science institutions and gather over 1,000 samples… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The Ocean Cleanup is about to send a giant plastic collector to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Ocean Cleanup is making progress on their first Great Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup system, and shared images of the assembly at their Alameda Yard headquarters, the site of a former naval station near San Francisco. The plastic-scooping system could launch this summer.

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Over 200 nations commit to ending ocean plastic waste

Over 200 countries signed a United Nations resolution in Nairobi, Kenya to eliminate plastic waste in the world’s oceans. The resolution is an important step forward to establishing a legally binding treaty that would deal with the global oceanic plastic pollution problem. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which organized the resolution, there will be more plastic by weight in the world’s oceans than fish by 2050 if current trends continue. The resolution offers hope for… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Japan mulls pouring 1M metric tons of radioactive Fukushima water into Pacific Ocean

Fukushima cleanup continues over six years after the 2011 disaster – and the country hasn’t yet decided what to do with one million metric tons of radioactive water currently stored on the site in 900 big tanks. Some experts advising the government have said the water should be slowly released into the Pacific Ocean. But local fishermen are afraid consumers won’t purchase fish caught in the region – and their industry is still struggling to rebuild after the tsunami. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

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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Startup is developing kelp farms in the open ocean to make carbon-neutral biofuel

Could a robotic kelp farm offer a cleaner fuel that could be used in cars or airplanes? Startup Marine BioEnergy will soon begin testing their kelp elevator, a kelp farm that can move up and down in the water with the help of drones to best access sunlight and nutrients, near Catalina Island in California. They think using the kelp, they could make a biofuel that’s cost-competitive with fossil fuels.

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Airy Costa Rica home enjoys incredible views of the ocean and jungle

This gorgeous residence in Costa Rica occupies a unique location near Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica, where the jungle meets the Pacific Ocean. Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe designed the Ocean Eye House as an airy residence that offers stunning views of its natural surroundings and supports an outdoor lifestyle.

The house, listed for the WAN House of the Year 2017, rests against the back of a steep hill. It combines closed, private spaces and lightweight, open areas that allow the owners to… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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