Pacific Island Contains 38 Million Pieces of Plastic

Researchers recently discovered an island in the Pacific Ocean that contains almost 38 million pieces of plastic trash. According to an article published in April in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” Henderson Island has the world’s highest known density of plastic particles

 

 

Flying water taxis coming Paris in 2017

Next year Paris will test a futuristic, prototype water taxi that will allow people to glide along the Seine River, two feet above the water.

The vessel, named Sea Bubble, can travel up to 30 kilometers per hour and can seat five people including a driver. According to the Telegraph, the vessel’s chassis will be made of fiberglass and high-density foam.

The developers also hope that Sea Bubble vessels could eventually be ordered through vehicle-hailing apps like Uber. If successful in France, they also hope to use Sea Bubble vessels in waterways in other cities such as London, Geneva and elsewhere.

 

 

Toyota Adds Solar Roof to New Japanese Prius

Toyota shifts its fuel saving technology into the next gear adding solar panels to the Priuses, newest model launched in japan. The Prius PHV pairs plugging electric car technology with solar panel roofing.

The Prius PHV works like an electric car driving of the battery until the level gets too low.

After that it switches to the gas function while the estimated range of the electric function is 22 miles the solar panels could help push that range on sunny days.

According to the company the new model will go as far as a hundred and twenty miles per gallon including mouse travel as an electric car.

For comparison older models of the previous get about 50 miles per gallon.

However strict safety rules prevent toyota from selling the solar panel model in the US and steady so-called previous prime will only feature the plug-in hybrid engine technology.

 

 

UK has first coal free day in over 100 years

For the first time in more than a century the UK just went an entire day without using coal power. The UK National Grid announced it didn’t need to burn any coal. sure it’s just one day but it marks a big step forward in the UK’s push to reduce emissions. The UK wants to phase out coal completely by 2025 and it’s well on its way in 2016 coal provided just nine percent of its power compared to twenty three percent and 2015 and as much as seventy percent in the 1980s. Coal is losing its place to wind and solar energy in the UK not only because they’re environmentally friendly but also because they’re safer and renewable, But those technologies still have a long way to go. Solar and wind accounted for just under sixteen percent of this day average energy generation in the UK. Gas power made up about fifty percent of the average energy generated