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ICCS 2010 @ Kranji bund

coastal clean up was timely… i was almost getting withdrawal symptoms from not being on the waters for a couple of months! ha…

the slope down to the mudflats was already quite cleared up, as compared to all the previous visits. i want to see if its always this cleaned up.

here’s hang chong with the briefing which was divided into 3 segments (horseshoe crabs, mangroves and cleanup + safety)

soon after, we headed down to the shoreline and started the rubbish-collection.

we saw a dead thunder crab.

we picked up all sorts of things. and almost everything we turned over, we had these wormy worms crawling out. and trust me, these worms never seem to end…. you pull one out, and you’ll never get to see the end of that one. it seems to be able to pull itself thin!

HH found an old casette player. just one side of it.

someone else found an old camera: check out the brand! OLYMPIC!

 we also found quite a number of horseshoe crabs trapped in fishing nets.

lesley cut the nets and tried to release the HSCs, while i cleared out a bag of HSCs that some fishermen rescued.

most of them were already dead. some which had lost their tails.

one breath taking moment was when we saw the white bellied sea eagle scoop up its meal… the video is in my previous post.

soon after,clean up was over too soon.. i still had energy to clear more rubbish, but still we managed to bag over 648kg of rubbish of all sorts.

more data is available on the ICCS blog.

after that, our makan kechil was fun, with KP and allan leading songs…

many of them brought their own utensils, and im guilty of not bringing mine!

with CC enjoying their songs

and our lead guitarists…

it was night, as we left the place, i stood watching across the waters for a while….

“if only i can spend some time cleaning up my room and sch table like i did today”

ha…

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2010 in i-Wish

 

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not just a beach clean up

coastal clean up started last week…. you can follow Singapore’s official blog for information on how much rubbish is going to be collected in singapore shores soon when all the clean-up ICs submit their records…

im going down next week and i guess getting muddy and dirty isnt the way most ppl spend their saturday night. ive got students sharing abt marine debris and their effects on marine life and i hope they through this sharing with the public, they are more conscious of their environments. hopefully develop a sense of responsibility and love for the environment.

its not just a beach clean up. its an international effort to show how much rubbish is in our ocean. tons and tons of rubbish. and ppl dont feel guilty because they cant see where the rubbish goes = not their problem. but, have they ever stopped to consider that so much of their food comes from the ocean, and these rubbish does kill the marine animals.

but of course, for pp like me, its not abt the food… its abt the rich biodiversity that you find under water. it truly is a special world there. and i hope more and more ppl will see that and stop throwing litter that will eventually get to the seas…

will update on this next week!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2010 in i-Wish

 

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How much plastic is in the ocean?

The following is an article from Discovery News, and in conjunction with ICCS.

Analysis by Michael Reilly
Thu Jul 8, 2010 07:01 PM ET
Stiv Wilson of the ocean conservation group 5 Gyres has made a first attempt to tally how much plastic is in the global ocean.
We’ve all heard about the Texas-sized “garbage patch” swirling in the North Pacific, and recently we’ve been warned that . Rather than distinct patches, the planet’s interconnected watery parts are effectively a thin soup of plastic refuse, with perhaps larger concentrations of rubbish in five large rotating gyres of water like the Pacific’s.
The more people look, the more grim the situation looks. But how can we get our heads around how big the problem really is? How much plastic is really in the ocean, and can we clean it up?
In a new post on 5gyres.org, Wilson takes what appears to be the first-ever stab at trying to figure it out.
The number he comes up with is staggering: he conservatively estimates there are 315 billion pounds of plastic in the oceans right now.
Now, Wilson will be the first to admit a lot of assumptions were made in order to arrive at that number, but most of them err on the side of caution. It’s worth going through his thought process and calculations here.
To help visualize that massive heap of trash, Wilson divides by a “supertanker” — that is, a giant ship that could theoretically sail through the seas, skimming out the plastic junk as it goes (much of which hovers down to 90 feet below the surface).
No such ship has been outfitted to skim plastic. But let’s say it did, and it could hold 500 million pounds of plastic. You’d need 630 of them to do the job, or about 17 percent of the planet’s current fleet of oil tankers.
Yipes.

To make it a little more personal, every American produces about 600 pounds of garbage each year. The proportion of plastic varies from household to household, but overall about half of all waste is synthetic. Some of that probably ends up in landfill, or recycled (Wilson says only about 3 percent of virgin plastic gets recycled).
Either way, the pile of plastic you inadvertently dump into the ocean each year is probably more than you can lift.
The point of the calculations is this: cleaning up the plastics in the ocean ain’t gonna happen. Well-intentioned programs designed to take the fight to the high seas, like Project Kaisei and theEnvironmental Cleanup Coalition, for example, are exercises in futility.
“I’m not trying to call them out,” Wilson told Discovery News. “What I really fear is a barge full of plastic coming in under the Golden Gate bridge, the media taking pictures and people thinking ‘oh good, we’ve solved that problem.'”
A real cleanup would be astronomically expensive, both in terms of dollars and equipment.
But hope is not lost. Wilson added that if we can ratchet down the amount of plastic we throw away, the gyres will naturally spin out much of the junk floating in them. Eventually it will wash ashore, where it can easily be removed.
“I really want to see people’s efforts focused on beach cleanups,” he said. “They’re free, can be organized in a grassroots way, and they can make a massive difference. A hundred people on a beach picking up plastic for a weekend can clean up as much as a barge can hold.”

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2010 in i-Wish

 

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