Rare south Pacific nautilus spotted for the first time in 3 decades (Papua New Guinea)

The ocean update

a-rare-south-pacific-nautilus-seen-for-the-first-time-in-3-decadesAugust 26th, 2015 (Jonathan Edwards). It might be the rarest animal in the world. Peter Ward is a biologist at the University of Washington who this July came across the Allonautilus scrobiculatus species of nautilus in the waters off Papua New Guinea after not having seen one for about three decades.

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#02 – try and reduce plastic at the supermarket; keen-wah to the power of P!

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Jeepers creepers, I have become / I am so acculturated.  Disaster.

I mean, I am not going to completely and immediately never shop in a supermarket, because lets be real, they, [supermarkets] do sell useful items like, um… mineral water.

From this recent (and somewhat traumatic) experience, an old training adage came to mind, the 7 P’s. Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents P1ss Poor Performance. Nearly all items purchased were in plastic or in non-reusable packaging. Of the items purchased, I, for some reason baulked at buying quinoa that was sold in plastic packs. There may as well have been some giant neon sign saying: “Warning unsynthetic – sorry – you cannot buy that quinoa from here in plastic, but go ahead and keep all those other plastic items in your plastic carry basket.”  Being suitably warned, I took myself to a local bulk wholesaler and bought quinoa using paper-bags…

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And now for the good news…

Republic of the united Netherlands is among the first countries to bring this up through Dutch construction company VolkerWessels. They are out to pave their roads with recycled plastic waste! This is going to replace asphalt which is very harmful to the environment. It is claimed to emit 1.45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Demonstration of the proposed project. Picture from http://themindunleashed.org/2015/07/the-netherlands-will-become-the-first-country-to-pave-its-roads-with-recycled-plastic.html

The proposed technology is foreseen to be hollow and light creating space for cables and pipes as well as ability to survive low and high temperatures.
The advantages of this proposed project include reduction in carbon emissions, ecofriendly, reducing plastic waste, less implementation and maintenance costs on road construction.

#01 – no time like the present to reducing plastics

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This undertaking wasn’t anything I awoke with and decided – yep, I am so going to reduce using plastic.  The truth of it is that there are many radicals, enviro’s, scientists, social commentators, everyday people that have made changes / explained the need to change / stood up for their beliefs toward sustainability.   From these many and continued efforts, I arrived, well, not quite …  I heard of a new website under development called “plastic-world”, and asked if I could be a blog contributor.  This was on the 25 Aug 2015. From that date to the 1st September, I decided on a ‘handle’; attempt to understand what it is I am doing; and then was somewhat shocked at, what – I consider – was a deadset one hundred percent proper look in the pantry, the bathroom, and then, muttered something like; “Oh sh!t, there is a lot of plastic”.  This…

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Scientists Call For A Ban On Microbeads | IFLScience

Check out some shower gel, and it might have lots of little bits in it. Most of the time, these are tiny spheres of plastic called “microbeads.” Designed to scrub your body and remove dead skin, they’re not just found in shower gel – cleaning products, facial scrub, and even toothpaste often contains them too. They might seem harmless and insignificant, but collectively trillions are being washed into our sewers and polluting our rivers and oceans every day.

Source: Scientists Call For A Ban On Microbeads | IFLScience