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We write about ocean plastic pollution a lot, mostly because if we don’t act to curb our addiction to plastic there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050. Boating marinas especially are places where there’s a big opportunity to stop trash before it enters the ocean. Marinas are critical for the boating industry but because they are places that have restaurants, stores, and waste disposal facilities they are also gateways for plastic waste to be introduced into the ocean. We mentioned on Monday that CBS aired special coverage for Earth Day and one of the stories they highlighted from Australia was about the increasing use of Seabins, a simple invention which is placed in marinas and other waterside locations and filters out plastic, oil and other pollutants on an ongoing basis. Seabins are growing in popularity and are helping clean up marinas around the world while preventing trash from floating away into the open ocean.
As CBS explained, one Seabin is capable of catching the equivalent of 90,000 shopping bags or nearly 170,000 plastic utensils over the course of the year–they’re also capable of catching microplastics. There are more than 700 of the contraptions working in harbors and marinas around the world and the company that makes them is deploying an additional 60 Seabins in the U.S. this week, on top of the six currently cleaning the waters around California.
Why This Matters:Seabins will likely not solve the ocean plastic problem (as we’ve seen with the recent failure of The Ocean Cleanup rig, this is a colossal challenge) but they can play a pivotal role in cleaning up ports and marinas. Additionally, if boaters see these contraptions floating in the water they might be more inclined to be mindful of their trash and begin to cultivate a culture of sustainability in the boating community. We need all available solutions to tackle this critical issue as the amount of plastic being dumped into our oceans is greater than we previously estimated.
A new paper released by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in collaboration with seven other environmental organizations outlines the ways that the ocean, often thought of as a victim of climate change, can be utilized to best combat global rising temperatures.
Why This Matters: We’ve written a lot about how the sea level is rising, and the ocean is warming, fueling stronger storm systems, and declines in biodiversity.
One of our nation’s best-kept secrets is that we have national parks in the ocean — not right offshore — but out in the blue. And yesterday, one of them was tripled in size after years of work by non-profits, the Texas and Tennessee Aquariums, and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, that supports these blue […]
New York state selected Norwegian energy giant Equinor to build and supply clean energy from two offshore wind facilities in one of the largest renewable energy deals ever in the United States, according to Reuters.
Why This Matters: Offshore wind projects are a highly anticipated source of clean, renewable energy — but have been hard to get off the ground so far.
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