Shocking photos emerge of a sea of plastic
Underwater photographer, Caroline Powers made a jaw dropping discovery in the Caribbean sea, near the island of Roatan, some way off the northern coast of the Honduras.
Powers photographed large tracts of sea completely covered with plastic – plastic bottles, bags and polystyrene plates.
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Puerto Rico is slipping into an environmental crisis
Five weeks after the terrifying Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, the island is in the midst of a growing environmental catastrophe. 1 in four Puerto Ricans lack access to reliable clean waste. There are some people whose water...
Yes, you heard that right. But how does one make a logo eco-friendly? And how can you compromise on the logo?
The golden arches of McDonalds represent years of steady, quality food and service. The half eaten apple represents decades of innovation. The Swoosh represents sports excellence. But every one of these logos is reprinted millions of times every year and reducing inks on these materials can reduce a printers environmental footprint by lessening chemical waste including airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are created as a result of mass production.
This French designer has thought of exactly this. Sylvain Boyer,...
Gucci boss pledges to go fur-free in 2018
Marco Bizzarri, the Chief Executive of Gucci has said that the decision to go fur-free was part of a commitment to “sustainability”. Gucci's remaining animal fur items will be sold at auction, with the proceeds going to animal rights organisations Humane Society International and LAV. Gucci will also become a part of the Fur Free Alliance - an international group of organisations which campaigns on animal welfare and promotes alternatives to fur in the fashion industry.
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The Supreme Court of India has temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in the National...
Being an environmentally-conscious student is extremely difficult because a lot of sustainable solutions to plastic/reducing waste are either too expensive or just entirely inconvenient. But a little effort into the right alternatives could make a huge difference, so here are a few solutions:
Take reusable bags to the store with you to grocery shop!
As a company committed to fighting against plastic, this is the best advice we can give. Instead of opting for paper or plastic which is both wasteful and unnecessary, use reusable bags. Several bags with every grocery trip can add up to a whole lot of...
EasyJet could soon be the world’s first eco-friendly airline
The airline industry accounts for 1.3% of global emissions and has not been included in the Paris Agreement. This is a welcome step and among the first of it’s kind in an industry that has largely skirted the issue of emission reductions. In order to create electric engines that cut emissions, reduce noise pollution, and lower costs, EasyJet has teamed up with the American start-up Wright Electric. These battery-propelled planes could be half as noisy and 10 percent cheaper than those that require jet fuel, and could begin shuttling passengers on...
Anybody who has been to the beaches of Mumbai will know what I’m talking about. Trash strewn everywhere, garbage that smells so much you forget what the sea smells like. They’re in an abysmal state and with the population of Mumbai growing everyday and more trash coming in, it looked like an apocalypse coming.
However, a group of dedicated citizens made it their life’s goal to clean up the beaches of Mumbai and give them a second chance. On the eve of the International Coastal Cleanup day, this group of heroes was joined by 2400 people including the Indian coast...
India in electric car push by 2030. China bans electric cars.
A new auto policy by the government of India has an aggressive push towards moving to electric cars by the year 2030. China has also started making plans to end the sale of internal combustion engines, which could also come into effect by the year 2030. India and China, now joins countries like France, Norway and the UK. Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Korea and Spain have set official targets for electric car sales.
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Hurricanes, act of God or global warming?
Scientists from the University of Minnesota warn that 80% of the worlds drinking water has been contaminated by plastic
US ranks highest with contamination rates at 93%, India and Lebanon close second
Lowest levels recorded in France, Germany and the UK at a shocking 72%
83% of the 159 water samples tested from nations around the world are affected
Current water filtration systems are inadequate against microplastics
Scientists warn microplastics are so small they could penetrate organs.
Orb media teamed up with a researcher from the University of Minnesota to undertake a scrutiny of plastic fibers in our tap water....
The last 15 days have been trying for the world as countries face unprecedented flooding- from Houston to Yemen to India, countries are grappling with the devastating effects of these disasters many of which are linked to climate change. Read about that and more-
Hurricane Harvey: strong evidence linking it to climate change
Scientists believe that hotter temperatures (including temperature of the Gulf of Mexico) were contributing factors to the intensity and duration of Hurricane Harvey. Experts say that in looking at a storm like Harvey, the impact of climate change is not simply about higher temperatures in the atmosphere and...
The village of Isla Colón in Bocas Del Toro, Panama is very unique; while it may look utterly normal from the outside, it is the first village in the world where all the houses will be made entirely out of plastic bottles. Yes! Plastic Bottles!
The architect behind this revolutionary idea is Robert Bezeua. Originally from Canada, Robert came to Bocas several years ago and realised that despite its beauty, it had a serious garbage problem. Robert spearheaded the Bocas recycling program in 2012, in which he and some volunteers collected nearly 1 million bottles in 1.5 years. These bottles...