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

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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



Bottlenose dolphins spotted in Canadian Pacific waters for the first time

Bottlenose dolphins tend to reside in warm, temperate waters — but researchers recently glimpsed a group of around 200 of the dolphins and around 70 false killer whales off northern Vancouver Island’s west coast in Canada. They said this sighting is “the only occurrence of common bottlenose dolphins recorded in Canadian Pacific waters” — and a warming trend could be to blame.

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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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Gorgeous lakeside home takes cues from Pacific Northwest midcentury modernism

The tradition of midcentury modernism in the Pacific Northwest lives on in the handsome West Mercer Residence nestled along the shores of Lake Washington. SKL Architects designed this cedar-clad abode and worked closely with local craftspeople to create the custom 5,500-square-foot home with enviable views framed through large expanses of glass.

California may be considered the stronghold of midcentury modernism in the West, but the design movement also crept up to the Pacific Northwest… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Gorgeous copper-clad home celebrates craft in the Pacific Northwest

Boasting lakeside views and a strong attention to craftsmanship, the Brook Bay Residence is a gorgeous luxury home nestled on Washington’s Mercer Island. Architect Rick Sundberg, currently Principal at Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young (SKL) Architects, designed this two-story residence that embraces the outdoors yet preserves client privacy. Copper and dark-stained cedar wrap around the handsome home that’s filled with high-end materials and the clients’ extensive art collection.

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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

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

South Pacific islands introduce ban on western junk food

South Pacific islands are eschewing junk food in favor of an organic diet. Citing mainly health reasons – and the fact the islands can grow local, organic food themselves – leaders in Torba, a Vanuatu province, said they want to ban foreign food and go organic instead. 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