GREAT OCEAN CLEAN-UP A 2,000-foot-long 'Pac-Man' structure is being launched from San Fransisco to gobble up the garbage and bring it back to land THE biggest ocean cleanup in the world is underway with environmentalists aiming to tackle nearly 1.8trillion pieces of plastic in the operation’s first year. Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit lead by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat, who pumped £15million into designing a 2,000-foot ‘Pac-Man’ rubbish eating structure. The unmanned boom – called System 001 – is shaped like a U as it’s pushed by the currents and it is hoped to halve the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The patch is a pile of floating trash scattered between California and Hawaii made of an estimated 1.8trillion pieces of junk and is so big it can be seen from space. System 001, which will be launched from San Fransisco in mid-October, has a short netting underneath it designed so fish can swim below. After the boom collects the rubbish a ship … [Read more...] about Incredible pictures show bid to clear 1.8TRILLION pieces of Pacific Ocean plastic getting underway
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LAST year was one of the worst hurricane seasons in recent memory with a quick-fire series of devastating storms wreaking havoc in the Caribbean and southern United States. Here is our guide to how hurricanes form and an explanation of the different categories used to rate their destructive power. What is a hurricane and how do they form? A hurricane is another name for a tropical cyclone - a powerful storm that forms over warm ocean waters near the equator. Those arising in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific are called hurricanes, while those in the western Pacific and Indian ocean are dubbed typhoons or cyclones. North of the equator they spin anticlockwise because of the rotation of the earth. They turn the opposite way in the southern hemisphere. Cyclones are like giant weather engines fuelled by water vapour as it evaporates from the sea. Warm, moist air rises away from the surface, creating a low pressure system that sucks in air from surrounding areas - which in turn is warmed … [Read more...] about What causes hurricanes, what’s the strongest category and when is the Atlantic hurricane season?
Avi Selk, The Washington Post Published 11:06 am PDT, Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Now Playing: The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, was confronted inside of a Washington, D.C. restaurant by a teacher holding her son in the latest instance of a public confrontation involving a member of President Trump's cabinet, accor Media: Fox5DC We can only speculate what Scott Pruitt thinks about when he eats lunch. But he looked relaxed at his table at Teaism on Monday afternoon - exactly 500 days into his directorship of the Environmental Protection Agency; five days after the agency's top ethics official recommended widening an investigation into accusations that he misused his power; about five hours before The Washington Post reported that Pruitt once asked a subordinate to help find his wife a job, and less than five minutes before Kristin Mink wiped a smile off his face. A few tables from the EPA administrator, Mink was wrangling her 2-year-old … [Read more...] about Why a teacher carried her 2-year-old up to Scott Pruitt’s restaurant table and asked him to resign
Most of the more than 6,000 sailors and Marines in the mighty Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group are home.The “Big Stick” pulled into its North Island pier on Monday, several hours after its cruiser escort, the Bunker Hill, slipped into Naval Base San Diego.Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron flew back to its North Island hangars on Sunday and the strike group left the Hawaii-based guided-missile destroyer Preble at its Oahu pier last week.Officials said that the San Diego-based destroyer Sampson is due in San Diego on Wednesday with the Halsey, a destroyer also based in San Diego, up to two weeks later.The strike group’s seven-month journey stretched more than 56,000 miles through the Pacific and Indian oceans and into the Persian Gulf and included 1,164 combat sorties over Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan targeting the self-proclaimed Islamic State.The Roosevelt’s skipper, Capt. Carlos “Los” Sardiello, said that the force of 70 aircraft in the skies of … [Read more...] about Mighty carrier strike group returns home
You’ll find these scenic waterfronts everywhere from the coast of France to the shores of Alabama. If you’re looking to relax on the beach with a good book, soak up the sun and take a dip in the water, there are several under-the-radar destinations you should consider. In addition to offering a quintessential beach experience, these towns tout several things to do — ranging from cultural fun to outdoor adventure — and striking scenery. Read on for vacation inspiration the next time you want to escape to a beautiful beach town. Saugatuck, Michigan Overlooking the shores of Lake Michigan, Saugatuck is home to several serene beaches that feature soft sand, rolling dunes and peaceful atmospheres. It’s a popular Michigan summer vacation spot and draws adventure lovers and families thanks to its variety of outdoor pursuits, including boating and hiking. Saugatuck is also home to some unique attractions, such as the 1-acre Summerhouse Lavender Farm, and quirky … [Read more...] about 30 small beach towns that should be on your radar