Aerial Reconnaissance [ Waste Management ] The Ocean Cleanup is a foundation that develops technologies to extract plastic pollution from the oceans and prevent more plastic debris from entering ocean waters. Between September 26 and October 7, 2016 The Ocean Cleanup conducted a series of reconnaissance flights across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: the Aerial Expedition. The organization was founded in 2013 by
Janine Benyus [ Biomimicry ] Life’s been on earth for 3.8 billion years and, in that time, life has learned what works – what’s appropriate here and what lasts here. The idea is that perhaps we should be looking at these mentors — at these biological elders. They have figured out how to create a sustainable world so, rather than inventing it from
Susan Freinkel [ Waste Management 19:03 ] Plastic built the modern world. Where would we be without pacemakers, polyester, computers, cellphones, sneakers or chewing gum. (Plastic in gum? Yep!) But a century into our love affair with plastic, we’re starting to realize it’s not such a healthy one. Plastics draw on dwindling fossil fuels, leach harmful chemicals, litter landscapes, and destroy marine life.
Shou-En Zhu [ Energy Security 15:47 ] Nano materials and nanostructures exist everywhere in our natural world. Take a look at the wing of a dragonfly. If we zoom in 100,000 times and look at the transparent membrane, we can see the nanostructures which are invisible to the naked eye. Graphene is transparent. This is a molecular model of graphene. To make it
Paul Sellew [ Waste Management 14:40 ] I’ve been involved with agriculture just about my whole life — this is a picture of me on my family’s farm with my brother and sister in a few of my cousins — and, just like any good farmer, I know that in compost amended soil, rich in organic matter, you can grow just about anything
BILL MOYERS [ Climate Adaptation ] So if we now have representative government in name only, and are governed instead by corporations and their lobbyists, what’s to be done? Tim Dechristopher wrestled with that reality and decided what he would do. As a result, he spent almost two years in prison. He’s out now, and you can learn the whole story in the
Boyan Slat [ Waste Management ] Once there was a Stone Age, a Bronze Age and now we are in the middle of the Plastic Age. Because every year we produce about 300,000,000 tons of plastic and fraction of that enters rivers, water ways and eventually the oceans. If you want to eat a biscuit nowadays we have to buy a biscuit within a