Beach and Ocean Clean Ups

beachcleanupwhirledviewsIn India, a 33 year-old lawyer and a retired businessman in his 80s walked down to a 2.5 kilometre stretch of beach one day and began the biggest beach clean up in history. Word spread that they were trying to clean the beach and over 500 volunteers have participated in removing more than 1.3 million kilograms of trash from this one beach.

Another article about this pair estimates that there are 13 million tonnes of plastic and other rubbish that pollutes the world’s oceans, that’s 26,000,000,000,000 kilograms!

surfersgarbagebinwhirledviewsWho is going to invent the great ideas for cleaning up the oceans?

Here’s one great idea by two young surfers in Australia. There’s a video in the article worth seeing to believe. It looks so simple.

Then there’s this idea from a then 19-year-old Boyan Slat, a student in The Netherlands. You can watch the TEDx Talk he gave when he was 20 about the ocean’s plastic problem here.

edible6packwhirledviewsA small beer brewery has invented an edible 6-pack holder for holding 6 cans that animals in the ocean can eat for food and is 100% biodegradable. There’s a short 2 minute video about it in this article. One point they make is that the cost of this product that is better the environment will go down if it becomes more widely used. Why would that be important?

Ideas for keeping our oceans and environment clean can come from anywhere.
Which ideas will work?
Will they make money?
Will they make the world better?
Do you have a better idea how to clean up our beaches and oceans?

Our Driverless Future from City to Farm?

The first driverless public bus began operating in Lyon, France, during the first weekend of September 2016. You can read more about it and visit the website of the company – Navya – that built the bus they call Arma.

NavyaBusWhirledViewsStaying in France, the driverless subway that has operated in France since 1998 is adding 6 kilometres more of subway line to its service in the coming years.

A little over a week ago, nuTonomy (a new start-up tech business) and local partners began testing the first driverless taxis in Singapore.

Driverless isn’t just for city-life. CNH Industries unveiled two designs for driverless tractors at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Iowa USA during the last week of August 2016. The video of their tractors, like all these vehicles, are impressive.

What happens to all of today’s taxi drivers, bus drivers and farmers if these vehicles of the future become the new normal?

The Navya bus press-kit is interesting. Without reading it, if you quickly look through all the pictures, are there things you would add to the pictures?