I’m just going to come out and say it, any project that touts itself as the “World’s first realistic Ocean Clean-up Concept” is just asking to be torn apart. “The Ocean Cleanup” is the brainchild of a 19-year old Boyan Slat. He proposes using the oceans themselves to clean up plastic. By setting up a . . . → Read More: The Ocean Cleanup. The newest of the new plans to remove marine plastic.
My tall-ship-sailing buddies at Sea Education Association are headed out for a special Pacific plastics cruise tomorrow aboard the 134-foot brigantine SSV Robert C. Seamans. (Disclosure: I am totally biased cause I’ve sailed with them twice and think it is the best thing ever. Also, they’re collecting samples for me on this cruise. Thanks . . . → Read More: Plastics expedition departs for North Pacific
The real Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Photo by Miriam Goldstein, 2010 EX1006 cruise. O thin men of Haddam, Why do you imagine golden birds? Do you not see how the blackbird Walks around the feet Of the women about you? – “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”, Wallace Stevens ————- I would like to . . . → Read More: Three Ways of Looking at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
My marine debris buddy Nick Mallos of Ocean Conservancy pointed me to this beautiful animated model by Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner of the University of Hawaii. This animation shows how wind affects the rate at which debris from the Japanese tsunami moves across the Pacific. It is a mathematical model that incorporates a great . . . → Read More: How wind-blown Japanese tsunami debris may move across the Pacific
The view from my DUMBO loft Dec 2000 There’s nothing quite like the excitement of moving to a new city and getting your first apartment, and for me as for so many others, that feeling is amplified when the city in question is New York. So it was when I moved from Brisbane to Brooklyn . . . → Read More: FEATURED POST: A (fetid) river runs through it, the Brooklyn edition
Now that the holiday season is over for many of us and all the wrapping and boxes and packaging is stowed away or thrown in the trash, think about where it all goes. Nothing just stays in a land fill forever. Out of sight is never out of mind. Plastic Shores is a new film . . . → Read More: Where Do All Your Tinsel And Trappings Go After Christmas?
Estimation of debris path created with OSCURS model. The colors are years after the tsunami. Click through for more information. Map courtesy of J. Churnside (NOAA OAR) and created through Google. Debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami is headed towards Hawaii and the North American west coast. For those concerned, several new sources of information . . . → Read More: Japanese tsunami debris link roundup
This striking image of plastic pollution in the Philippines won first prize in the Ocean In Focus Conservation Photo Contest. First Prize goes to Peri Paleracio of Quezon City, the Philippines, for his picture of a boat in the Philippines with plastic and trash pollution suspended in the water. This over-under shot illustrates the . . . → Read More: Striking image of plastic pollution in Philippines
About six months ago, University of Hawaii scientists Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner mapped the likely route of debris dumped into the ocean by the March 11 Japanese tsunami. Just last week, a Russian sail training vessel used their maps to find the debris field. Since the North Pacific is really, really big – over . . . → Read More: How scientists found debris from the Japanese tsunami 700 miles off Midway
Poster by Max Temkin, via Grist.