Microplastic particles found in Antarctic waters during the Volvo Ocean Race

by Volvo Ocean Race 22 Jan 13:59 GMT 22 January 2018 Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong stopover. Ocean Summit. Patrick Yeung, Project Manager Oceans Conservation WWF © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong stopover. Ms Daisy Lo, Assistant Director of Environmental Protection - Environment Bureau Ocean Summit © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong stopover. Ocean Summit. Paul Rose © Pedro Martinez / Volvo Ocean Race The new data comes from the Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme, funded by Volvo Cars. Scientists analysed water samples, gathered at points during Leg 2 of the Race, between Lisbon and Cape Town and Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne. The groundbreaking results, announced at the Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong Ocean Summit, found microplastics in the Southern Ocean close to the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone. Compared to other Oceans the number of...
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15 ways to reduce the amount of plastic you use on a daily basis

Need more incentive? Café chain Pret A Manger recently announced it will reduce 50p from the price of a hot drink when the customer buying it is using their own reusable coffee cup, and Starbucks is rolling out a three-month trial of a 5p charge on disposable cups in up to 25 London stores. 'Also think about water – do you really need to buy it?' asks Julian. 'If you need to take it out with you, do so in a reusable bottle. There's a growing number of café, bars, shops and even public water fountains now that are providing the opportunity for filling up.' Since the government brought in a 5p tax on plastic carrier bags in 2015, England's contribution to plastic bag pollution has plummeted by 85 per cent. Julian describes this as a 'huge success story' but notes that the levy is only restricted to the largest...
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Vancouver aquarium won't keep whales or dolphins captive after public outcry

Canada aquarium has announced it will end the practice of keeping cetaceans in captivity, after pressure from the public Two whales died just weeks apart at the Vancouver Aquarium in May.Photograph: Flirt / Alamy/Alamy For years the Vancouver aquarium fended off pressure from animal right activists, local government and residents, arguing instead that whales and dolphins were central to its mission. But this week the tourist attraction gave in to public pressure, and announced that it would end the practice of keeping cetaceans in captivity. “It had become a local hot topic, to the point where it was just hijacking everything else,” said John Nightingale, the aquarium’s president. “As much as we understand the tremendous value that an animal like a beluga whale brought to our mission … public controversy had gotten to the point where it was just preventing us from moving forward on so many other parts of...
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Water-based AC cools the air without using harmful chemicals

Our air conditioners still draw on principles that are around 100-years-old, sucking up power in the process. Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are working on an alternative: water -based air conditioners. Their system doesn’t need energy -intensive compressors or harmful chemical refrigerants – and can cool air all the way down to 18 degrees Celsius, or 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Over 40 percent of the energy consumption of a building in the tropics goes to air conditioning, according to NUS associate professor Ernest Chua . He led a team to develop a new air conditioning system offering several advantages over conventional machines commonly found in buildings today. Related: This amazing Bangladeshi air cooler is made from plastic bottles and uses no electricity Water serves as the coolant in their air conditioner, and an innovative membrane technology sucks moisture out of humid air. The system uses up around 40...
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