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Lovely, Tasty Plastic – the film A Plastic Ocean

The documentary A Plastic Ocean shows how plastic is contaminating the oceans, the sea-creatures there, and us, as we eat them. In this feature-length documentary a team of film-makers and scientists travel the world, seeing shocking sights of how we are destroying fish, whales, seabirds, and other wildlife with billions of tons of toxic plastic. […]

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Dutch 20 Year Old Cleans Up the Ocean

Boyan Slat pioneers method of extracting plastic debris from the sea When 16 year-old Boyan Slat became aware of the huge amount of plastic debris floating around in the oceans in 2011, while diving in Greece, where he saw more plastic bags than fish, he didn’t just dream about doing something about it, he started […]

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Is This What Climate Change Looks Like?

Extensive flooding in UK presages weather to come Over the past few weeks exceptional rain has hit various parts of Britain, including Devon and Cornwall, Scotland, Wales, and the Thames Valley west of London, resulting in the flooding of thousands of properties. Across the world, unusual storms have also hit Ireland, Indonesia has suffered violent […]

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Fracking Protests Show Opposition to Shale Gas

Small communities feel threatened as UK Government gives shale gas companies tax break There have been anti-fracking protests this week from people in the West Sussex village of Balcombe, which highlighted the unease that people living near the drilling sites have about this controversial process for extracting trapped gas from underground shale rock. Essentially fracking […]

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Scientists Splash into Underwater Energy Storage

Like flooding a submarine: a novel use of water pressure Ingenious scientists have come up with a novel method of storing energy – the use of water pressure to keep it at the bottom of the sea until needed. The idea came from a German engineer and expert in aerospace technology called Rainer Schramm, “Imagine […]

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Scotland to Build World's Largest Tidal Power Array

Ten underwater turbines to lead technology research in exciting project The Scottish Government has backed a plan to build 10 one-megawatt tidal power turbines in a strait between the small islands of Islay (pronounced “Isla”) and Jura off the West coast of Scotland. This will be the world’s largest tidal power station – which resembles […]