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194 billion PPE pieces used monthly spark fears of a massive wave of pollution in the oceans

A new wave of pollution hits the oceans as millions of PPE pieces are being discarded in the waters.  As the world is suffering a global coronavirus pandemic, wearing face masks and gloves has become a much-needed preventive measure in many countries. Unfortunately, while protecting themselves from the virus, people are now polluting the oceans […]

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194 billion PPE pieces used monthly spark fears of a massive wave of pollution in the oceans

A new wave of pollution hits the oceans as millions of PPE pieces are being discarded in the waters. 

As the world is suffering a global coronavirus pandemic, wearing face masks and gloves has become a much-needed preventive measure in many countries. Unfortunately, while protecting themselves from the virus, people are now polluting the oceans and beaches by improperly discarding their disposable protective equipment.

A recent study published in the Environment, Science & Technology journal states that people are using a total of 194 billion units of PPE per month, which results in ‘widespread environmental contamination’.

What’s even worse, in an official report earlier this year, the World Wildlife Fund(WWF) stated:

“If only 1 percent of the masks were to be disposed of incorrectly and dispersed in nature, this would result in up to 10 million masks per month polluting the environment.”

The UK-based marine biologist Emily Stevenson, also known as the ‘Beach Guardian’, has recently found a massive amount of discarded PPE along England’s southwestern coast, The Mind Unleashed reveals.

In only an hour, Ms. Stevenson collected more than 170 junked face masks, gloves, and other pieces of protective equipment from the waters of Cornwall.

The Beach Guardian project was founded in 2017 by Emily and her father Rob. For the three years since its establishment, the company has organized 200 community cleanups involving 6,000 volunteers.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Emily has noticed that the usual litter, including plastic bags and straws, has been replaced by face masks and gloves. As reported by The Independent, Ms. Stevenson said:

“We’ve already found evidence of PPE actually sinking below the ocean surface. This means that there could be a totally unaccounted for concentration of PPE pollution on the seafloor, which can remain as dormant debris for centuries.”

The marine biologist explained that once it reaches the seafloor, PPE pollution could smother ‘any biological structures’, including important Sea Fan beds and coral reefs. She continued:

“Also, this debris entails a ‘plasticizing’ effect when on the seafloor – potentially inhibiting gas exchange between the water column and sediment.”

While describing the terrifying dangers of PPE littering, Ms. Stevenson noted that if the entire population of the UK wears only one disposable mask per day for a full year, it would lead to extra 57,000 tons of hard-to-recycle plastic. Moreover, it will also result in an additional 66,000 tons of contaminated PPE waste.

The expert said it was the first time she has been ‘legitimately frightened by PPE pollution’.

Ms. Stevenson added:

“To see it in the water, in the environment that holds my heart and my passion. To see it at home, on my doorstep. It hit me very hard.”

Furthermore, she noted that as PPE has become an essential part of our everyday lives due to the coronavirus pandemic, we need to work together so we can ‘resolve this’.

“It is those daily, individual, small steps that happen on a global scale that is going to be our greatest ally in this fight against plastic.”

The marine biologist hopes that people will soon realize the power of ‘global collaboration’ and will be more careful when it comes to discarding their personal protective equipment.

Plague of PPE – Beach Guardian Emily's Tune In Tuesday Episode 106

#TuneInTuesday – Episode 106🌊 Every day we are warned of the ‘second wave’, yet a new plastic tide has already risen.🚮 Plastic pollution along the Cornish coastline is something we regularly witness. Though, as we slowly move into the ‘new normal’, post-lockdown era, there are some novel culprits plighting the planet.😷 Now, littered facemasks and plastic gloves make up a large proportion of what we are finding. 🧤 During one, 1-hour litter pick, we found 171 littered plastic gloves. This, in comparison to the 6 we found on the same route during lockdown, portrays the true extent of the plague we are now facing.👀 Check out this week’s video to follow Beach Guardian Emily’s exploration into #PPE!💚 Thanks to BBC Spotlight and Land and Sea Cornwall for covering such an important issue!#PlasticPandemic

Posted by Beach Guardian on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Bees are THRIVING as pollution levels drop during lockdown https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=bees-are-thriving-as-pollution-levels-drop-during-lockdown/ Wed, 20 May 2020 09:49:22 +0000 https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=?p=67140 The post Bees are THRIVING as pollution levels drop during lockdown appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Bees are THRIVING as pollution levels drop during lockdown

Although the COVID-19 lockdown hasn’t treated us all well, it undoubtedly has many benefits for the environment. It has led to decreased pollution, less traffic, and flourishing ecosystems around the globe. And, as Metro reports, bees are also thriving in a way they haven’t in years. As a result of the new orders, in which […]

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Bees are THRIVING as pollution levels drop during lockdown

Although the COVID-19 lockdown hasn’t treated us all well, it undoubtedly has many benefits for the environment. It has led to decreased pollution, less traffic, and flourishing ecosystems around the globe. And, as Metro reports, bees are also thriving in a way they haven’t in years.

As a result of the new orders, in which people are traveling less, investing their income in local stores, and not polluting the air with their cars, bee colonies are healing.

According to the 43-year-old beekeeper Helen McGregor, whose family owns U.K.’s largest bee farm, Denrosa Apiaries, the community has become keenly aware of the need to preserve nature. Helen shares:

“Less traffic, less pollution is bound to make a difference to the environment which of course has a positive knock-on effect for bees. Hopefully we see these changes lasting. I think people are more aware of what’s going on around them and in the countryside just now because of lockdown.”

McGregor’s family has been in the beekeeping business since the 1940s. Currently, their bee farm has 4,000 hives, each filled with 50,000 bees. What’s more, they have even produced honey for the Royal family.

While there are many environmental changes due to the present worldwide conditions, there is a clear mindset transformation among people.

Helen explains:

“They are more aware of nature, maybe seeing hives when they are out and about and thinking more about the food they are eating and where it comes from. It’s taking people back to their roots, making them look at what’s necessary for life and what’s not, it’s back to a basic outlook on life.”

Denrosa Apiaries isn’t the only bee farm impacted by the overall improving health of bees. The positive change is also beneficial for the agrarian economy of the rural Scottish region, as The Mind Unleashed reports.

The 43-year-old beekeeper notes:

“We have hundreds of sites from down in England, all the way up to Aberdeenshire, with billions of bees. A lot of farmers are looking for bees to help with crop pollination. We have mini hives which we use to build up bee levels and we breed our own queen bees.” 

In the area, farmers depend on the bees to pollinate their crops. McGregor’s bee farm provides beehives to help with that. Now, it has hundreds of sites across the UK with four or five teams checking six sites daily. Helen adds:

“It’s very early in our season to say what production is going to be like but the bees are busy bringing back nectar and pollen. We are at the mercy of the weather and could do with some rain as the ground is very dry.”

Unfortunately, the health of bee colonies has been severely threatened by climate change, diseased, parasites, and other agro-industrial chemicals. But the truth is, without bees, we wouldn’t have 70 of around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. This includes almonds, blueberries, watermelon, chili peppers, tomatoes, and other nutritious crops. And if this isn’t enough to convince you we need bees in our lives, honey bees are responsible for $30 billion a year in crops.

That’s why the news of bees thriving comes like a breath of fresh air for humanity. Bee the change you need to see in the world!

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Who Better Than a Couple of Surfers to Figure Out a New Way to Clean the Trash from our Oceans? https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=surfers-clean-trash-oceans/ Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:38:12 +0000 https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=?p=14227 The post Who Better Than a Couple of Surfers to Figure Out a New Way to Clean the Trash from our Oceans? appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Who Better Than a Couple of Surfers to Figure Out a New Way to Clean the Trash from our Oceans?

Two Australian entrepreneurs, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, are setting out to tackle one of the biggest problems our oceans face: trash. As a surfer and sailor, Turton has seen exactly how bad the issue with garbage in our oceans can be, and he has seen it all around the world. That is what inspired […]

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Who Better Than a Couple of Surfers to Figure Out a New Way to Clean the Trash from our Oceans?

Who Better Than a Couple of Surfers to Figure Out a New Way to Clean the Trash from our Oceans?

Two Australian entrepreneurs, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, are setting out to tackle one of the biggest problems our oceans face: trash. As a surfer and sailor, Turton has seen exactly how bad the issue with garbage in our oceans can be, and he has seen it all around the world. That is what inspired him to team up with fellow surfer Ceglinski and create the Seabin.
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Throughout his travels, Turton found a common problem area when it came to ocean pollution: the marinas. I mean think about, anywhere you have a collection of humans you are going to have a collection of garbage. Eventually, that garbage is either going to pile up and collect in the marinas, or make it’s way to open water.

That’s where the Seabin comes in. The Seabin is basically a floating trash can that collects garbage and oil in enclosed areas like marinas. According to the Seabin’s Indiegogo crowdfunding page, “The Seabin is located in the water and is fixed to a floating dock. There is a shore based water pump on the dock running on shore power. The water pump creates a flow of water into the bin bringing with it all floating rubbish and debris. The rubbish/debris is caught in a natural fiber catch bag and the water is then sucked out the bottom of the bin and up to the water pump where it is then pumped back into the marina.” This concept is perfect for enclosed areas like marinas because it works automatically and can be placed in problem areas like corners where the most trash gets collected.
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Check out the following video that actually shows the Seabin hard at work, and check out the Indiegogo page for more information and ways to help. It’s just like Turton and Ceglinski say, when it comes to cleaning our oceans “It’s a big mission, but it can be done. In fact, we’re doing it right now.”

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This Device can Provide 24 Hours of Free Electricity for the People Who Need It Most https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=device-24-hours-electricity/ Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:26:41 +0000 https://www.jlawjdv.nl/?man=?p=12963 The post This Device can Provide 24 Hours of Free Electricity for the People Who Need It Most appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

This Device can Provide 24 Hours of Free Electricity for the People Who Need It Most

Imagine living your life without power. No cell phone, no internet, no TV, not even basics like heating and air conditioning. As far-fetched as that may seem for some of us, there are over a billion people that live in those conditions every single day. That’s where an innovative group of inventors, investors, and philanthropists […]

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This Device can Provide 24 Hours of Free Electricity for the People Who Need It Most

This Device can Provide 24 Hours of Free Electricity for the People That Need It Most

Imagine living your life without power. No cell phone, no internet, no TV, not even basics like heating and air conditioning. As far-fetched as that may seem for some of us, there are over a billion people that live in those conditions every single day. That’s where an innovative group of inventors, investors, and philanthropists called Billions in Change comes in. According to their website, “our philosophy is simple – make things that meet the basic needs of those who don’t have the basics, thus enabling them to provide for themselves, their families and their communities. These basic needs include fresh water for drinking and agriculture; clean electricity to power homes, schools and businesses; and healthcare solutions that prevent disease.”

One such product that Billions in Change is putting into production is a stationary bike, that when ridden for 60 minutes, can provide a home with 24 hours of electricity.

The bike works on a very simple principle: ” A person pedals a hybrid bicycle. The bicycle wheel drives a flywheel, which turns a generator, which charges a battery. Pedaling for one hour yields electricity for 24 hours with no utility bill, and no exhaust, no waste.”

The bike’s inventor Manoj Bhargava is planning to distribute 10,000 of the bikes in India over the next year. “Everything requires energy,” says Bhargava, “Energy is the great equaliser.” One bike has the potential to power an entire village if people took turns riding it throughout the day. “The Free Electric machine gives people the power to generate electricity themselves – pollution free,” says the Billions in Change website. Giving people the opportunity to create their own electricity will change the standards of living for the people across the world that need it the most.

Check out this overview of how the bike works, and how Bhargava plans to put them to use:

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