The largest coral reef in the world is severely threatened by climate change, but researchers are developing strategies that could contribute to saving the Great Barrier Reef.
Ocean Cleanup becomes a reality: tonnes of plastic will be removed from world’s oceans
Dopo anni di progettazione, di presentazioni e di premi, l’idea di Boyan Slat diventa realtà in Giappone. Ecco cosa significa avere 20 anni e un sogno.
Boyan Slat and the major of Tsushima Island, Japan, signed the agreement to realise the pilot project Ocean Cleanup Array, the first floating barrier able to collect ocean plastic.
The simple yet brilliant idea comes from the twenty-year-old Boyan Slat, who thought to take advantage of natural oceanic currents to collect plastic waste thanks to a structure consisting of an anchored network of floating booms of 2,000 metres in length, making it the longest floating structure in world history.
The structure will be tested for 2 years and it will become an open air laboratory in order to reduce pollution on the island. In fact, each citizen produces about 1 cubic metre of plastic per year.
“Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today. Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time,” said Slat.
Boyan’s goal is to eventually build a 100km floating array that could collect nearly the half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the huge floating garbage “island” between Hawaii and California.
Young people like Boyan are those who will save humanity from disasters. We only need to place our trust in them and provide them with the tools necessary to act where we failed.
Seychelles have extended its marine protected area, which now covers over 400,000 square kilometres, an area larger than Germany.
Norwegian oil giant Equinor had pulled out of drilling for oil in the Great Australian Bight, one of the country’s most uncontaminated areas. A victory for activists and surfers who are now campaigning for the area to be protected forever.
30 per cent of the planet needs to be protected to stop precipitous species decline. The UN has set out its aims for the the COP15 on biodiversity scheduled for Kunming, China in October.
Ocean warming has risen to record highs over the last five years: just in 2019 the heat released into the world’s oceans was equivalent to that of 5-6 atomic bombs per second. The culprit, no doubt, is climate change.
Once a year on Christmas Island something incredible happens: millions of crabs cross the whole island to reach the ocean, where they drop their eggs.
Malaysian activist Gabby Tan’s mission is to raise awareness about the risks faced by our oceans, and the need to protect them. She spoke to us about her passions and what inspires her.
A new study finds worrying overlap between shark hotspots and human fisheries in the high seas, leaving these animals little space in the ocean to evade the threat of being caught.
After returning to shore last January due to a fault, the floating barrier has set sail towards the Pacific Trash Vortex once again with the aim of removing the largest plastic island floating in the ocean.