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19-year-Old Inventor Finds Way to Clean Up the World’s Oceans in Under 5 Years Time

Previously the idea of cleaning up the world’s oceans with their vast accumulations of disposed plastic material was considered an impossibility. Now a 19-year-old inventor says he and his foundation has a way to clean up the world’s oceans, and not only does he say we can do it, but that we can do it in five years time and produce a profit from it.

It is called the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ or sometimes the “Pacific Trash Vortex”, and it is a massive collection of plastic particles accumulating in the Pacific. Other oceans have their own collections of plastic wastes as well; furthermore, most of the debris in our oceans are plastic materials that accounts for approximately 90% of all the waste debris. (more…)

Japanese Nuclear Workers Pump 10,000 Tons Of Radioactive Water From Plant Into Ocean

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Japanese authorities were forced Monday to dump 10,000 tons of radioactive water into the ocean in a desperate bid to st@bilize a crippled nuclear plant.

The facility’s operator said it was necessary to release water contaminated with low-level radiation because they needed to make space for even more highly toxic water.

“We have no choice but to release water tainted with radioactive materials into the ocean as a security measure,” said government spokesman Yukio Edano.

Officials insisted the release – which is equivalent to the amount held in four Olympic-sized swimming pools – would cause little harm to the environment.

Engineers have been pumping a constant stream of water into the crippled reactors for weeks in an effort to keep their cores cool.

But the pile-up of toxic run-off has started to slow crucial repair work and had begun leaking into the ocean on its own.

Officials injected a white dye into water to help trace the path of the leaks spilling out of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

A giant silt curtain was also being built in the ocean to contain the spread of radioactive mud.

Aides to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan say the situation at the plant has “somewhat st@bilized,” but it could be months before it is fully under control.

Radioactivity has been detected in the water, air and soil around the plant and has also shown up in the food supply.

An official for Tokyo Electric Power Company, which runs the plant, broke into tears while announcing plans to dump the toxic water.

“We have already caused such pain and nuisance to local residents,” he said. “We cannot express how sorry we are to have to impose another burden.”


New See Through Boats

Glass-bottom boats are nothing new on scenic tours, but with a see-through canoe you can go wherever you want and have a personal up-close view of whatever is below you. Lighter than a wood or aluminum canoe, tough as bullet-proof glass and entirely transparent on the bottom, these designs provide a completely new way to experience water life around

It gets better: the kayak equivalent to the transparent canoe is a carbon kevlar frame design that has a military-grade transparent urethane skin – and it folds up small enough to carry with you in a backpack. Setting it up to be water-worthy takes about a half an hour but the lightweight portability means you can bring it virtually anywhere.

Whether you choose the canoe or kayak these are both ideal for wide ranging travels and potentially challenging water conditions as well as brief vacation jaunts. And no, they do not come equipped with any of the toned and tanned people you see in the promotional photographs, sorry.