Pulau Mantanani: plastic paradise

Written by Xurxo Fernández, journalist at La Voz de Galicia
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It looked like paradise…

Very early, before the the boats filled with tourists arrive, a barefoot and shirtless boy pushes a wheelbarrow through the sand. He stops and starts picking up the trash that accumulated the previous day, zigzagging up to the dining table outside. He works meticulously to remove all waste from the access to the hotel, about ten meters wide. The section is short, so he is able to finish soon and he abandones the imaginary path. He moves away from the hotel and pushes his wheelbarrow to the sea.

When the first wheel touches the crystaline water, the boy turns thewheelbarrow nad throughs all contents to the ocean. Bottles, wrappers, food scraps, even a broken sandal, stay together briefly before separating according to their buoyancy. Most plastic floats back to shore, but out of sight. At least out of the sight of the tens of diving enthusiasts who will barely spend half a day on the island, before returning home. Continue reading

Get the ball rolling

Written by Alonso Muñoz, founder of the Campaign The Truth About Plastic

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My interest on the subject of solid waste was born several years ago. I remember one morning when I was still a student, I waited for the garbage truck to follow it and know for certain what happened to the hundreds of bags it collected, week after week, in my neighborhood. Overwhelmed with what I saw, I researched in the subject to realize that the reality was much worse than what I thought, and the more I learned, the more I became convinced of the the need to do something about it.

Willing to try, in 2012 I wrote this letter to the Managers of Coca Cola and the beer factory (Florida Bebidas) proposing a decrease of the plastic their companies introduce to the environment in their presentations of bottled water. The excessive amount of plastic is a matter of concern for many and from the day I published it, dozens of people signed it and the shared. It was thus that one month after its publication I received an email from the Coca Cola inviting me to their office to discuss the issue. Continue reading

Why would happen after an increase of 2ºC in global temperature?

Compiled by Mónica Naranjo González

In the past COP21 they talked about how we needed to make the greatest efforts to keep the planet’s temperature from rising beyond 2 ° C. They even emphasized that it would be ideal to achieve a maximum of 1.5 ° C.

1.5ºC does not seem like much. What implications would there be if we reach 2ºC? Or even 4 ° C? Here we discuss some of the possible effects that scientific projections announced, according to the course Turn Down the Heat, from the World Bank.

Let’s begin with two things

The first thing to understand is that many of the impacts that we’re experiencing today are a result of a warming of less than one degree Celsius. Everything we perceive at this time will only intensify as we approach an increase of 2 ° C. Do you remember the storms in the Pacific in 2015? 2 ° C would be no party.

La temporada de huracanes en el Pacífico del 2015 fue excepcionalmente intensa. "Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena 2015-08-30 0930Z" by NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen.

2015’s hurricane season in the Pacific was exceptionally intense. “Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena 2015-08-30 0930Z” by NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen.

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If you are only going to learn 3 things about the oceans, let them be these

Written by Monica Naranjo González

1- You’re a fish
Every breath you take comes from the ocean. Your life depends on the sea as much as any fish. It is mainly the oceans, and not terrestrial forests, that are responsible for producing the largest amount of oxygen that you depend on.
And that’s just one example of how the complex chemistry and biology of the ocean ensures your life: oceans control the weather, the temperature, the water cycle.
If you think that the amount of organisms living in the sea make no difference in the amount of oxygen that reaches your lungs, or the fresh water you drink, or the temperature that you enjoy now, you have to think again. The chemical balance of the ocean depends on the complex interactions that exist between all beings that inhabit it. If we alter the ratio of these beings we alter its chemical composition and thus we alter our own habitat.

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