It’s no secret that the world’s ocean trash problem is getting bad; looking at a handful of images from the Texas-sized Pacific garbage patch should be enough to convince anyone. As for all of our litter that doesn’t end up in the middle of the ocean? It often stays close to shore, where volunteers for Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup pick some of it up, cataloging all the items they find.
These projects to increase production of fossil fuels are being planned around the world. But if all of them come to fruition, it may be the last fossil fuels we produce, because the combined effect will be to raise the planet’s temperature disastrously.
If we go ahead with 14 major fossil fuel projects now on the drawing board (you can see them above), we’ll have a good chance of destroying the world as we know it. Or, to put it less emotionally: We’ll sail right through carbon limits most scientists agree are safe for the atmosphere.
The sometimes eerie images featured in Mandy Barker’s photo series, called Soup, draw attention to the issue of ocean pollution.
This isn’t the first time that Fast Company has addressed this topic.
- Whoops! There Is Way More Plastic In The Ocean Than We Thought
- This Is What It’s Like To Sail In The Pacific Trash Vortex
Innovative Ways That People Are Trying to Fix the Problem:
- Paradise Recycled: Architects Dream of Turning Great Pacific Garbage Patch Into Habitable Island
- So Long, Pacific Trash Vortex, Hello Diesel Fuel
- Electrolux Unveils Vacuums Decorated With Ocean Debris
- Method Cleans Up Ocean Plastic for Soap Bottles
- 5 Simple Ways To Drastically Reduce Our Plastic Consumption
[Images by Mandy Barker][Post by M.Cecelia Bittner]
Want to know where the worst pollution is near you? With some help from Microsoft, new maps let European users see all that data in a visual form.
Is it possible to make carbon pollution more visible — and to make us more aware of what we do everyday?
That’s exactly what’s being attempted in Big Vortex, a new art project by Realities United, a German art outfit. The installation simply converts the smoke being emitted by a power plant into a simple smoke ring, measuring about 100 feet in diameter and 3 feet tall. “These rings serve as a gentle reminder of the impact of consumption and a measuring stick that will allow the common Copenhagener to grasp the CO2 emission in straightforward way,” says Jan Elder, one of the principals at Realities United. “It turns the smokestack, traditionally the symbol of the industrial era, into a communicator for the future.”
More on the project here.