Archive for September, 2013

September 24, 2013

International workshop on fate and impact of microplastics in marine ecosystems – Sciencesconf.org

Almost all aspects of daily life involve plastics, and consequently the production of plastics has increased substantially the last 60 years. Plastics are persistent materials, which tend to accumulate in the marine environment and affect marine life as they remain there for years. 

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September 19, 2013

WANTED: Your trash — Bamberg school collecting recyclables in hopes community will get onboard

It’s a spark that could ignite a fire under Bamberg citizens to get on board with recycling. Richard Carroll Elementary School has catapulted their recycling efforts to a new level

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September 19, 2013

Treated fibers clean dye-polluted waters

(Phys.org) —A cheap and simple process using natural fibers embedded with nanoparticles can almost completely rid water of harmful textile dyes in minutes, report Cornell and Colombian researchers who worked with native Colombian plant fibers.

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September 19, 2013

Even low-level PCBs change bird songs

It may not kill them outright, but low-level PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) contamination disrupts how some birds sing their songs, report Cornell researchers.

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September 19, 2013

A new analytical approach for monitoring microplastics in marine sediments

Source: Environmental Pollution Authors: Marie-Theres Nuelle, Jens H. Dekiff, Dominique Remy, Elke Fries Abstract A two-step method was developed to extract microplastics from sediments. First, 1 k…

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September 19, 2013

BioClean – degrade plastic in the environment, e.g. ocean

See on Scoop.itBIOCLEAN

BIOCLEAN is a European Funded Project under the FP7 programme.

 

Background

Biodegradation of synthetic plastics can occur in nature, in sediments and marine environments as well as in landfills, compost and soil. The process is governed by the polymer characteristics, the organisms available and the surrounding environmental conditions. However, the knowledge on the biodegradation of major synthetic polymers is still very limited and fragmented. BIOCLEAN strategy is aimed at deepening the scientific understanding on the biodegradation of such materials in natural environments and waste disposing facilities and exploring the feasibility of biotechnological solutions for the effective and sustainable disposal of plastic waste. In particular, the consortium will focus on PVC, Polystyrene, Polypropylene and Polyethylene. 

 

Objectives: BIOCLEAN intends to find smart and robust biotechnological solutions for the degradation and detoxification of:

Plastic waste existing landfills

Plastic fragments entering waste composting and anaerobic digestors

Plastic fragments occurring in marine habitats, thus contributing to mitigate the current impact of plastics in marine ecosystems.

 

Duration

September 2012- September 2015

 

About BIOCLEAN

BIOCLEAN is a European Funded Project under the FP7 programme. BIOCLEAN includes 19 partners from nine different and widely distributed European Countries and one from China. The Project includes different organisation types, namely: Universities, Research Institutes, SMEs, a multi-municipality (DEDISA), one enterprise (MMB) and the Association of European plastic producers (PlasticsEurope).

See on www.biocleanproject.eu

September 18, 2013

Plastic Bank: Harvesting Waste Plastic to Reduce Poverty Through 3D Re-purpose Center for Social Plastic & Ocean Bound Plastic » Cleaner oceans

The Plastic Bank will put new value on waste plastic and facilitate its conversion into the raw material for 3D printing and foster a demand for “ocean plastic” that will reduce waste plastics around the world.

Ocean plastic is an industrial problem.

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September 13, 2013

16 year-old Invents Sustainable Bio-plastic from Banana Peels

Using banana peels, plasticizer ingredients, and motivation to create change, 16-year-old Elif Bilgin successfully created a bio-plastic using one of the most abundant fresh-food scraps.

See on www.trueactivist.com