ENVIRONMENT

A DEEP PROBLEM

Heard of microbeads? Now scientists have discovered more tiny plastic terrorizing our oceans through none other than your favourite fleece. It turns out that when we wash  clothes containing any synthetic materials, microfibers are released – with nearly 50% of these making it through to your local wastewater treatment plant and into our oceans. This is particularly dangerous, as they have the potential to poison the food chain. Luckily plasticpollutioncoalition have found some ways you can help prevent this. click here

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CITY OF THE FUTURE

Designer Stefano Boeri is branching out from his skyscraper ‘forests’, to building an entire forest city in Liuzhou, China – that will fight the increasing issue of air pollution naturally. The 40,000 trees will absorb almost 10,000 tons of CO2 and other pollutants a year whilst producing a huge amount of oxygen, making it a much cleaner environment for the 30,000 people it will host. When can we move in?  

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A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

Believe it or not, air pollution is the world’s single largest health risk, causing seven million premature deaths every year. Green City Solutions however have harnessed the power of nature to create the CityTree, which has the same air-purifying effect as 275 trees in the space of one. The CityTree stemmed from the discovery that moss cultures capture more pollutants than any other plant, plus it can even sustain itself through solar panels. Let’s hope they catch on!

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US NAVY TURNS SEAWATER INTO FUEL

The US navy succeeded in turning seawater into fuel a few years ago but hardly anyone is talking about it, eventhough this could have massive implications on the worlds dependence on fossil fuels. The scientists managed to extract carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater converting the two gases into hydrocarbon liquid fuel after 10 years of experiments. Amazingly, this liquid fuel can power jet engines with no harmful byproducts. However, it may take another 10 years for it to be commercially viable.

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PLASTIC NOT SO FANTASTIC

Plastic Pollution causes havoc with Mother Nature, killing marine life, clogging our oceans and landfills. Polyurethane is the most widely used plastic in the world, from bottles to shopping bags, each taking thousands of years to decompose. To combat this growing issue, Scientists have developed an innovative way of turning plastic waste into usable fuel. A process that could help preserve clean, renewable energy for the earth and those living in it!

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