Green City Solutions - Meet the Product
"Green City Solutions is a biotech and IoT startup leading the way in the business of air pollution reduction.
Our company has developed a freestanding solution, called "CityTree", which features a moss culture that naturally absorbs the pollution that occurs in urban environments.
Each unit has the effect of up to 275 traditionally planted urban trees, yet it requires less than 1 % of the space and no groundwork. The CityTrees have a reach of up to 50 m and thanks to IoT technology, solar power and water reservoirs, they only need a few hours of maintenance each year."
What is an Eco city?- 22 November 2012
"What is an eco city? What will tomorrow's green city look like? How do you build cities that do more with less to provide for ever-growing populations?
Sustainable housing, energy efficiency, internmodal passenger transport, and smart grids for electrical distribution will all play a role in shaping the future of urban planning.
This animated short film gets to the heart of the challenges we face in making sustainable cities a reality.
The city of tomorrow is waiting just under the surface of our everyday lives. Together, we can make it happen."
The town where people endure -50C - VIDEO - 22 January 2016 "The industrial Russian city of Norilsk, sitting on the permafrost above the Arctic Circle, is the seventh most polluted city in the world.
Rich deposits of nickel, copper and palladium provide mining and smelting industries that create jobs and continue to draw people
from other regions of Russia - despite the harsh conditions that can see the temperature drop to -50C.
Elena Chernyshova's stark and beautiful photographs of life in the city are featuring in a new exhibition, "Days of Night - Nights of Day"
at the Half King in New York City."
Plastic Planet- Animation
"Plastic is everywhere, it's forever, and it is choking up our planet & the animals who live here.
As well as products that use plastic packaging there are also many products that are made from plastics that look like natural materials.
Our everyday shopping habits can have a huge impact on the pollution of our environment & so by reading labels & buying carefully we can make positive steps towards a healthier planet.
Not all products will tell you what they are really made from so make sure you do your research!"
Pollution Video 1 - For Kids - Pollution : Meaning and Definition - Animation
"As human population is increasing, people are using more and more materialistic things, this all is leading to increased wastage, increased usage of things, increased noise level, increased smoke levels; which all is affecting quality of life. Pollution consists of increased noise level, more smoke in the air, dirty water which is not suitable for drinking."
The 25 Most Polluted Places on earth - with photos + video "There are many ways you can classify pollution. It can be chemical, radioactive, or simply the presence of improperly disposed waste products. While some places, like Mexico City, have a very obvious problem with their heavy smog, do not be misled. The much more serene looking Lake Karachay in Russia would have you dead within an hour of sitting on its banks due to heavy radioactive contamination. So, whether the pollution is visible or not, take note because these are the 25 most polluted places on Earth."
Catalyst ABC TV - Plastic Oceans
"Oceans are silently choking on our plastic waste. Plastic and synthetic materials are the most common types of debris in our oceans and are having horrific impacts on marine wildlife and systems. As an island continent "girt by sea" marine debris is of particular importance for Australia. Creatures get entangled in plastics and drown and ingested concentrated toxins from plastics pose a threat to the health of the food chain. Plastics also transport and introduce species into new environments. Anja Taylor catches up with the CSIRO research team spearheading the Marine Debris Survey, a world first study of the plastics around our coastline."
Testing Indian capital's dangerous smog levels - VIDEO - 8 December 2015
"Beijing may have declared a red alert but the Indian capital, Delhi, is now the most polluted city on earth.
The BBC's Justin Rowlatt uses an air pollution level monitor to show just how polluted Delhi is."
China pollution: Colourful anti-smog protest in Beijing - VIDEO - 7 December 2015
"Schools in Beijing are to close and outdoor construction to stop after the Chinese capital issued its first "red alert" over smog levels.
Concerns over pollution are growing in China, and one performance artist has come up with a unique way to highlight the problem, as Celia Hatton reports."
Mealworms Can Eat Plastic Waste - Text + Audio + Video - 17 November 2015
"Plastic pollution is a growing problem on our planet. Scientists from the U.S. and China have discovered that mealworms can digest plastic.
One mealworm can digest a pill-sized amount of plastic a day."
Warning System Keeps Swimmers Out of Polluted Water - VIDEO - 2 August 2015
"Researchers are using computer models to predict the quality of ocean water. It now takes 18 to 24 hours for a laboratory to test the water. Public health experts say that amount of time can and should be reduced."
Reuters Video: Beach smoking ban clears air- 7 July 2012
"Cannes prohibits smoking on a beach, a ban it hopes to extend to several other beaches in the city. Elly Park reports."
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Plastic Bottle Island(YouTube)
"This man has given up his job, family and possessions to build an island that floats on plastic bottles he’s found and used as buoys!
Talk about recycling to good use!" (Neatorama)
Midway: Message from the Gyre
"On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place:
inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean..."