The Seabin: vacuum cleaner for the oceans

The ocean washes tonnes of plastic ashore every year (photo: Seabin project)

I am currently enjoying my holidays in Estepona in the South of Spain. Besides an appealing beach and promenade, this picturesque town on the Mediterranean coast is home to a sports and fishing port. It all looks Instagram-proof, but upon closer inspection, one cannot neglect the amounts of trash floating in the harbor. At the pier, a seagull on the hunt for food tries to crack open a beer can washed ashore. Spots of oil form a thin layer on the water here and there. Not a pretty sight.

Estepona is not alone, around the world marinas have to deal with litter for which humans are to blame. They are the symptom of a much larger problem that most of us never get to see: the pollution of our planet’s oceans on a massive scale. Luckily, two Australian surfers have come to rescue. The result is the Seabin, an invention that holds the middle between a waste bin and vacuum cleaner. But for the oceans, mind you.

The founders of Seabin, with the device before it is installed in the water (photo: Seabin project)

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A Great Green Wall for Africa

China has its Great Wall that used to guard off foreign raiders, Westeros has the Wall in the North to stop white walkers, and since a couple of years, a group of African countries is working on its very own Great Green Wall. Sounds impressive, isn’t it? Truth be told, it’s not a real wall. But one day, it will be great.

The Great Green Wall stretches 11 countries, from Senegal to Djibouti (graph: National Geographic)

 

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FridgeCam opens war on food waste

I know, your kitchen fridge is not the most exciting device in the house. But that’s about to change. The FridgeCam is a little device that turns your fridge into a geeky piece of home tech aimed to slash your food waste in half and help you do groceries smarter. How? By taking selfies, kind of.

The FridgeCam can be installed in virtually all fridges (photo: The Verge)

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Fighting food waste with Fenugreen

Did you know that 25% of all food that is being produced is lost due to spoilage? What a waste! According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation, about 795 million people suffer chronic undernourishment globally. That’s one in nine persons. At the same time, agriculture is putting enormous pressure on our planet’s natural resources. Agricultural processes represent about 70% of the world’s fresh water consumption and cause about 14% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Reasons enough to tackle food waste.

Kavita Shukler showing off her Preshpaper which keeps fruits and veggies from getting spoiled (photo: Kavita Shukler)

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4 lifestyle changes to save the planet [infographic]

It’s summer time! For students preparing their final exams, this means spending hours in the library with their textbooks. If there is one thing they will all agree on, then it is that textbooks contain a lot of bullsh*t. Although the scientific correctness of that statement can be questioned, it is now empirically proven it is at least true when it comes to climate change. Or rather, what YOU can do to stop it.

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