Royal Caribbean to use LNG and fuel cells on ships to reduce emissions

Luxury cruises are increasingly popular but can come with huge environmental costs around ports and whilst at sea, due to sulfur and other harmful particulates from the heavy fuel oil burnt by most ships. Royal Caribbean is aiming to reduce such emissions from future cruise liners through a combination of liquefied natural gas and fuel cells from the early 2020’s.

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Image credit: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Source: http://www.rclcorporate.com/rcl-steps-to-the-fore-with-plans-for-fuel-cell-technology/

Via: Engadget

UK to build the world’s largest offshore windfarm

Engadget reports on plans to build the largest offshore wind farm – Hornsea Project 1 and 2 -off the east coast of the UK to generate 1,800 MW and power 1.8m homes.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/17/worlds-largest-offshore-windfarm-uk/

ByFusion turns ocean plastic into building blocks


Inhabitat features a brilliant way of using waste plastics polluting the worlds oceans, called RePlast. Developed by the US-based ByFusion, the approach compresses mixed plastics from the seas and turns it into construction blocks. As well as cleaning the oceans, the approach doesn’t require splitting the plastics into different types and generates c. 95% less greenhouse gases than concrete blocks.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/byfusion-turns-all-types-of-ocean-plastic-into-eco-friendly-construction-blocks/

Largest offshore wind farm to power 1m homes in the Netherlands

Inhabitat highlights plans for what will be the worlds largest offshore wind farm – to be built off the coast of The Netherlands. As well as its impressive scale – powering c. 1 million homes – the project should also result in some of the most cost effective wind energy anywhere.  

Source: http://inhabitat.com/worlds-largest-and-cheapest-offshore-wind-farm-will-power-1m-homes/

6-pack holder from wheat & barley not plastic

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An edible and biodegradeable ‘6-pack’ holder made from wheat and barley instead of plastic could quickly decompose and remove risk to wildlife.

Drinks cans holder

Via FastCoExist: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3060131/these-six-pack-rings-are-edible-so-they-wont-kill-wildlife/1

Fishing nets with LED lights save turtles

LED fishing nets

Researchers at the University of Exeter (UK) have found that adding green LED lights to fishing nets can significanty reduce that numbers of turtles that get trapped and die, without impact on the quantity of fish caught.

Via: http://www.engadget.com/2016/03/25/led-lit-fishing-net-saves-sea-turtles/

Source: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_502714_en.html