Mission Blue Strives for Ocean Conservation by Creating Hope Spots

Sylvia Earle and her organization, Mission Blue, are working to create dozens of ‘hope spots’ — protected marine environments free from fishing, oil drilling, and dumping. The goal is to protect 20% of the world’s oceans by 2020. This article celebrates the UN-observed World Habitat Day, 6 October, 2014.

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Seaweed Biofuel Promotes Island Self-Sustainability

Biofuel hold promise for some, but is a bad word to others. While reducing dependency on fossil fuels, many are produced from food crops like corn or sugar, meaning food meant for hungry mouths is diverted to filling gas tanks. To heighten production, farmers begin mono-cropping, which degrades the soil. The amount of fresh water required, and the carbon emissions …

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Let the Oceans Clean Themselves: The Ocean Cleanup Array

  A young Dutch engineer named Boyan Slat is currently conducting a feasibility study for a device that could help clean up our oceans. The device, dubbed The Ocean Cleanup Array, would consist of a series of floating booms and 24 manta ray-styled processing platforms that could collect and filter floating debris. The processing platforms would be anchored to the …

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Dry Vaccine Patch Could Revolutionize Delivery

Professor Mark Kendall of Queensland University in Australia has developed a new format for producing and delivering vaccines using nano-technology. He and his team have created a patch that is applied topically, much like a stamp. It does not require medical supervision, is very low cost (estimated at $1 per patch), and most importantly does not require refrigeration. Self-administering provides …

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