Not to Touch the Earth – looking back on a greener 2017

ENVIRONMENT: I sought to write a round up of the environmental positive points of 2017 rather than focus on the doom and gloom of what humanity has done to the Earth. I thought about a title and the Doors track ‘Not to Touch the Earth’ came to mind. Check out my article to see how conservation numbers have bucked the trend and how China is leading the way in environmental initiatives. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/not-to-touch-the-earth-not-to-see-the-sun/

 

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ENVIRONMENT WATCH: A Drinkable Book that cleans polluted water using pages that filter bacteria

ENVIRONMENT WATCH: Most news isn’t balanced. It tends to show the worst of what’s going on in the world all the time. Bad news sells, just check out your front page today! Like all things there is always the bad and good of what’s happening to humanity. Here at Global Watch & Environment Watch I’ll be sending you updates about all that’s positive about the human spirit. #newhorizon #thinkdifferent #environment

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The drinking of clean water is a basic right that we take for granted in the West, however, US scientists have developed a book with pages that act as a water filter, removing 99% of bacteria from polluted water. It is so effective that raw sewage can actually be made safe to drink.  The paper is coated with silver and copper nanoparticles. The book is uniquely resourceful and even acts as an instruction manual before the pages become torn for use. Lead researcher Teri Dankovich, from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh claims that one book can supply four years worth of drinkable water requirements.

3.5 million people a year die globally from water-related illnesses with most of these in the developing world. In the African Sub-Sahara alone 358 million people do not have the safe water that we take for granted.

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ENVIRONMENT WATCH: Adidas trainers made from discarded ocean plastic

ENVIRONMENT WATCH: Most news isn’t balanced. It tends to show the worst of what’s going on in the world all the time. Bad news sells, just check out your front page today! Like all things there is always the bad and good of what’s happening to humanity. Here at Global Watch & Environment Watch I’ll be sending you updates about all that’s positive about the human spirit. #newhorizon #thinkdifferent #environment

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With concern over the ocean’s plastic waste increasing, Adidas are producing a line of trainers that may not solve the problem but does make use of the waste material. Their sustainable footwear range will be made mainly from discarded fishing nets but also other waste plastics found polluting the earth’s oceans. It comes at a time when the damage caused by plastic is at a peak. 300 million tonnes of plastic items are made a year – used just once then discarded – often into oceans where they give off toxins which enter our own food chain. The next time you are given a plastic shopping bag in your local supermarket know that it will be around for centuries because it can’t decompose like a paper bag.

Adidas is also supporting a company called Parley for the Oceans which is developing new forms of plastic which are degradable and less harmful to the environment. And to end on the words of  Parley’s founder Cyrill Gutsch  “Plastic doesn’t belong in nature, it doesn’t belong in the belly of a fish.”

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LINKS

United Nations http://www.unep.org/regionalseas/marinelitter/about/default.asp

The Ecologist http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2760229/five_to_12_million_tonnes_of_plastic_are_going_into_the_ocean_each_year.html

One World Ocean http://www.oneworldoneocean.com/pages/partners-working-together

Plastic Oceans http://www.plasticoceans.net/index.php/champions/