Technology can really find its way into any problem
Start writing a post
Nature Animals

How Drones Are Helping The Ocean's Pollution

Technology can really find its way into any problem and trying to solve it

422
How Drones Are Helping The Ocean's Pollution
Drone Universities

Drones are slowly proving themselves to be much more than a cool tech toy. When first introduced, drones were essentially an aircraft operating without a human pilot. Shooting aerial photography was the main use. With any new technology comes discovering new uses for it. Though scientists originally designed 3D printing for simple toys and mini three-dimensional models, medical professionals are now widely utilizing 3D printing in their field.

Now, scientists are using drones to help combat the pollution crisis.

Through the use of artificial intelligence (think Siri or Alexa), photographs taken by drones can create an algorithm to hyper-focus on the areas of the ocean with the highest concentration of plastic. The algorithm also has the capability to detect the difference between marine life and pollution.

While this is an enormous undertaking, volunteers and scientists have teamed up to on this project. This project relies on volunteers to tag plastic near the coastline so the machines can better identify varieties. This project originated in the UK but can be expanded to various parts of the world.

Throughout our oceans, there are pockets of 'plastic soup', a term coined by conservationists referring to the plastic waste dumped into the oceans, specifically in the Pacific. While some plastic does biodegrade, unfortunately, the pieces left behind still become toxic to the oceans and marine life. Additionally, this potentially toxic seawater can harm humans as most oceans connect to rivers, lakes, and canals.

Over the past two months, many have put pressure on local government and corporations to use environmentally friendly alternatives to single-use plastic. Recently, Seattle, Washington became the first major US city to ban single-use plastics. Followed by Starbucks, who announced they will implement an eco-friendly lid alternative and convert to biodegradable paper straws instead of traditional plastic ones.

From severe wildfires to stronger-than-usual weather storms, the earth is quite literally showing us we need to take better care of it.

As a society, using single-use plastics has become so common that we don't realize how much we are consuming. Here are some facts from Earth Day Network:

  • On average, it is estimated that 8 million metric tons (1 metric ton=2,205 pounds) are dumped into our oceans annually.
  • It is estimated that every minute one garbage truck full of plastic is poured into our oceans.
  • By 2050, scientists predict that there will be more plastic floating in our oceans then fish (in weight)
  • The likelihood of coral becoming diseased increases from 4% to 89% after coming in contact with marine plastic. It also damages the skin of coral, allowing infection. Coral reefs are home to more than 25% of marine life.

These statistics are unfathomable.

It's amazing that technology is progressing in such a way to help reduce this unneeded waste. However, it always starts with humans. Relying on technology is a slippery slope. While the usage of drones eliminating ocean waste is fantastic, it's shameful that as a society, we let it get so bad. Humans are a creative species and it is possible to find and produce environmentally friendly alternatives that are practical for all people There are ways to be more mindful and aware of the environment that doesn't require you to re-haul your entire life. It is undeniable that the use of single-use plastic is abusive to the entire world.

So what do you think about ocean drones?

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Pexels

As the holiday season draws nearer, many of us find ourselves drawn to the same old Rankin-Bass Christmas specials and the perennial favorite, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." However, I would like to suggest an overlooked alternative, "Arthur's Perfect Christmas." It is a heartfelt, funny, and surprisingly inclusive Christmas special that deserves more recognition.

Keep Reading... Show less
Reclaim Your Weekends From The 'Sunday Scaries' With 'Self-Love Sundays' Instead
Olivia DeLucia

Laid back and taking it easy — sometimes that is the motto we all need after a busy week. Sunday scaries? Yes, they are valid – but you know what else is? A Sunday full of self-love. A lazy Sunday spent doing what you feel needs to be done to ease into the next week. Self-Love Sundays are a guilty pleasure that isn't only essential for our mind, and body, but are also a surprisingly proactive way to devote the upcoming week with a clear mindset.

So, what is a more suitable way to dedicate your week's end than a beautifully, connected playlist to accompany your face masks and journaling? Cheers, to a Self-Love Sunday (and a playlist intertwined with it to match). (Please note: "Sunday Morning" isn't included in this list, due to the obvious, but feel free to blast it anyway, we know you want to).

Keep Reading... Show less
Sunset Girl

The sun rose and peeked through the sheer curtains. Rose’s alarm shrieked. The loud bells caused her phone to jump on the side table. It was time for her to get ready for church. Blindly reaching for her phone, she shut the alarm off and pulled at the covers providing her a cocoon of warmth and tossed them to the side. She swept her bare feet across the bed to touch the cool wooden floor.

Rose softly tiptoed to the corner of the bedroom to grab her clothes dangling on the arm of the bedroom chair. Scooping all of the items of her chosen outfit, she headed to the bathroom hoping that she wouldn’t drop anything.

Round, piercing blue eyes stared back at her in the bathroom mirror. Rose fingered the wrinkles forming around her eyes. So many of them bore signs of laughter and smiling. Slowly dropping her hands, she couldn’t remember the last time she laughed in her home with Tom. Shaking her head as if to erase the negative thoughts, she reached for her makeup bag and went through her regular routine.

Applying her favorite deep rose lipstick, Rose headed downstairs to make her coffee and bagel to take with her to church. The smell of dark-roast coffee swirled in the air as Rose sliced her cinnamon raisin bagel. Hearing the Keurig sputter with the fresh brew, Rose found the interruption of the stillness comforting. The toaster signaled that her bagel was done with a soft pop. It had a delicious golden brown color. Placing the bagel on the counter, she generously spread honey nut flavored cream cheese across both halves. Gathering her bible, notebook, and pens from the side table on the porch she stuffed them into her purse. Purse hanging on her right shoulder she juggled her coffee and bagel in both of her hands as she headed to the garage.

Keep Reading... Show less
Environment

This Holiday Season, Choose To Be Eco-friendly And Reduce Pollution

Many of us have old magazines lying around, fully read and not of much use anymore. However, we can use their bright colors and prints as a stylish and trendy wrapping paper!

1239
Presents

It can be overwhelming to see the detrimental effects of climate change and pollution on the news, from animals dying and forest fires spreading, but there are smaller changes that we can all make to reduce our carbon footprint, and it begins with our gifting season.

On average, Americans throw 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Years, which translates to 25 million tons of garbage. That's 1 million extra tons per week.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

This Feeling Hurts

A Poem on Love

2931
Ronny Salerno

This feeling hurts. I must declare

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments