Recycled Island: inspired by Gorillaz' Plastic Beach

A Dutch architect has announced plans to build a recycled island using plastic debris collected from the Pacific. The floating island would be located somewhere between Hawaii and San Francisco and be 100 percent self-sufficient and sustainable.

The island would also support its own agriculture and get all of its power from renewable sources such as solar and wave energy. It reminds us the concept of Gorillaz' Plastic Beach.

The proposal has three main aims: cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste, creating new land and constructing a sustainable habitat.

Ramon Knoester, from WHIM architecture, proposes three main aims: cleaning our oceans from a gigantic amount of plastic waste, creating new land and constructing a sustainable habitat.

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Nuclear: not a secure option

Highly radioactive water has leaked from a reactor at Japan's crippled nuclear complex. The plant, which is location 150 miles north of Tokyo has been unstable since the tragic earthquake, which left more than 27,000 people dead or missing across northeast Japan.

Fires, explosions and radiation leaks have repeatedly forced engineers to suspend efforts to stabilize the plant, including on Sunday when radiation levels spiked to 100,000 times above normal in water inside reactor No. 2.

More than 70,000 people have been evacuated from an area within 12 miles of the plant. Samples of rainwater in Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania have registered “very low” concentrations of radioactive material.

Also, the first signs of radiation have reached the Portuguese island of Azores, in the Atlantic Ocean. The radioactive particles, Xenon 133, traveled a long way from Fukushima - more than 11471 kilometres (7100 miles). Fortunately, its low levels do not cause any harm to human beings.

Porthtowan: polluters, watch out

A Surfers Against Sewage campaign victory, secured in the revised Bathing Water Directive is launched today by the Environment Agency with the publishing of beach profiles for bathing waters. These beach profiles highlight what forms of pollution the beach suffers from and identifies the discharge points.

As well as vital information on sewage discharge points, locations of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOS) and other sewerage infrastructure, these bathing water profiles also include maps and a description of the beach.

Bathing water profiles will not make the water cleaner, but they will allow all beach users to make more informed decisions about when is best to use the water and the information to know when it might be better to give it a miss due to pollution incidents.

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