The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t what you think it is

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It’s not all bottles and straws—the patch is mostly abandoned fishing gear.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of floating trash—and the most famous. It lies between Hawaii and California and is often described as “larger than Texas,” even though it contains not a square foot of surface on which to stand. It cannot be seen from space, as is often claimed.

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Is the Era of Recycling Over?

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You probably do some form of recycling if you live in the U.S. You probably separate paper from plastic and glass and metal. You rinse the bottles and cans, and you might put food scraps in a container destined for a composting facility. As you sort everything into the right bins, you probably assume that recycling is helping your community and protecting the environment. But is it? Are you in fact wasting your time?

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Sweden now recycles 99 percent of its garbage

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Sweden burns half its rubbish to generate energy.

People in Sweden generally waste as much as people in other countries, around 461 kilograms per person each year.  But only one percent of that waste is ending up in landfills, thanks to the country’s innovative “recycling” program. (Video)

 

 

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The City of Garbage

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A lone child in the valley of garbage

Manshiet Nasser is a neighborhood located in Cairo, Egypt. People refer to it as the City of Garbage because trash from all over Cairo end up there. It is not a landfill. Rather, people who live there survive on sorting through garbage and selling whatever is useful. They claim that 80% of the waste is recycled and resold. (Amazing pics)

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British Airways Set To Fly On Fuel From Garbage In 2014

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British Airways set to fly on fuel from garbage

British Airways is planning to establish Europe’s first green jet fuel plant that would turn rubbish into carbon-neutral aviation fuel by the year 2014.   According to the Independent, British Airways would establish the plant, in collaboration with the US bioenergy company Solena.

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Expanding Islands of Trash Afloat Around the World’s Oceans

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Rubbish in the Pacific

Aboard the Alguita, 1,000 miles northeast of Hawaii — In this remote patch of the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of miles from any national boundary, the detritus of human life is collecting in a swirling current so large that it defies precise measurement.

 

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The Dustbot: Robot Trash Collector

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Co-funded by the European Commission, the $3.9 million (USD) Dustbot project aims to build a moderately-sized robot to navigate the narrow streets that garbage trucks can’t reach.  The pictures were taken from Dustbot’s trial run in Peccioli, Italy. (Pics)

 

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Mr. Fusion

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When People Say “Your Car Looks Like Crap!” You Can Smile And Respond “Yep It Runs On It.”

In Back to the Future, Part II, Doc Brown figures out a way to run his time traveling Delorean on regular garbage thanks to “Mr. Fusion.” What an awesome idea. And now, one that you can make a reality by building your own Mr. Fusion on your car. And you don’t even need to be a mad scientist to do it. The Mr. Fusion of today is called a gasifier, and it allows you to use, yes, gasification to run your car. Continue reading… “Mr. Fusion”

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