Urban Mermaid Lindsay Cole swimming the Thames to raise awareness of single-use plastics

Urban Mermaid Lindsay Cole is donning her tail to swim 200 miles down the Thames to raise awareness about the affect single-use plastic is having on the environment. Lindsay Cole set off on November 2 from Lechdale in Gloucestershire to swim down to Teddington, south London, while dressed as a mermaid. Along the way, the urban mermaid has been collecting plastic to show how “we’re choking … Continue reading Urban Mermaid Lindsay Cole swimming the Thames to raise awareness of single-use plastics

Bottle Boy: Short film teaches the importance of not throwing waste in the oceans

Plastic Free Pledge, the Hove-based anti-plastics charity, is doing its bit to publicise the risk to the oceans with a short film, Bottle Boy. The two-minute film tells the story of a lonely nine-year-old who tries to find friends by throwing a message in a plastic bottle into the sea in Brighton. But when a council litter picker – played by Jason Flemyng – sees … Continue reading Bottle Boy: Short film teaches the importance of not throwing waste in the oceans

Trash Fishing: Detroit-based father and son team invent competitive environmental cleanup

Trash Fishing is a new sport invented by a Detroit-based father and son duo to help clean waterways. Tom and Mark Nardone started trash-fishing on the Detroit River this summer as a way to clean it up. The idea to start trash-fishing came about after young Mark Nardone saw a video on the trash that collects in Detroit’s waterways and became inspired to do something … Continue reading Trash Fishing: Detroit-based father and son team invent competitive environmental cleanup

Colors of Change: Short film documents the intersection of art, culture and science forces in Greenland

Colors of Change is a short environmental film about Greenland seen through the eyes of an artist who documents climate change, an Inuit Elder and a NASA scientist. Artist Zaria Forman travels to Greenland for inspiration for her next body of work, and to visit the fjord where she spread her mother’s ashes. The planet has been shedding sea ice at an average annual rate … Continue reading Colors of Change: Short film documents the intersection of art, culture and science forces in Greenland

Young inventor creates ocean-cleaning robot to hunt down microplastics

A 13-year-old girl has developed a water-cleaning robot that can help clean up plastic litter in the ocean. Anna Du, a sixth-grade student from Massachusetts, is in the beginning stages of a robot that can help clean up plastic litter. Her smart underwater to identify plastic, including microplastics. The young girl’s inspiration to create a cleanup solution of her own came when she wasn’t able … Continue reading Young inventor creates ocean-cleaning robot to hunt down microplastics

Hometown Habitat: Documentary highlights the importance of native plants

Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home is a documentary focused on showing how and why native plants are critical to the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Directed by Catherine Zimmerman, an award-winning director of photography and independent documentary filmmaker, the film features community habitat landscaping projects that use native plants to support the survival and vitality of local ecosystems. Catherine Zimmerman spent two … Continue reading Hometown Habitat: Documentary highlights the importance of native plants

The race to rescue Mexico’s ancient floating farms, chinampas

Chinampas are floating farms whose history pre-dates the Aztecs even. Early Mesoamericans built the floating farms, which provided fertile land for crops, near modern-day Mexico City. Xochimilco, on the far southern edge of Mexico City, is best-known as the “Mexican Venice” for its canals and brightly colored boats where locals and tourists gather. It is also home to the remaining chinampas. To this day, the … Continue reading The race to rescue Mexico’s ancient floating farms, chinampas

SeedBalls Kenya helping to reforest Kenya by seed bombing

SeedBalls Kenya is taking steps to reforest Kenya by throwing seedballs where indigenous tree species will take root and grow. Throwing seedballs or “seed bombing”, as the process is otherwise known as, has involved tossing seeds from aircrafts, launching them from a catapult or manually distributing them. Seedballs are a low-cost, low-impact technique for increasing native species populations while providing several advantages over traditional methods. SeedBalls Kenya co-founder, Teddy … Continue reading SeedBalls Kenya helping to reforest Kenya by seed bombing

Functional fashion: Bioscarf helps to fight air pollution and allergies

A functional fashion accessory, Bioscarf, is helping to fight air pollution and allergies with a built-in filter that is said to filter 95% of airborne contaminants. Each Bioscarf can help protect its wearer from many of the common airborne contaminants associated with air pollution. The fashionable product has an N95 rating, which means that it is capable of blocking non-oil based airborne particles 3.0 microns … Continue reading Functional fashion: Bioscarf helps to fight air pollution and allergies

Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport’s flight path for both jets and queen bees

Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport is not only home to a fleet of planes, but it also home to flying objects of the natural world – bees. Around 36 bee hives filled with thriving honeybees are located in three different apiaries around the airfield. The hives have been in place at Sea-Tac since 2013, when the Port of Seattle joined forces with local nonprofit The Common Acre to establish … Continue reading Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport’s flight path for both jets and queen bees