A professional yacht racer, annoyed by the constant sightings of floating mats of plastic garbage in the seawater, has created an ocean cleaning sailing yacht that is powered by the waste it collects, the Manta. It may be cleaning the oceans as the racer travels but they're not the only thing looking out for the oceans this May.
Australia last week committed $100 million to ocean conservation in an effort to protect ‘blue carbon’ environments and reduce emissions.
Uniquely suited to care about marine life, as the world’s only island continent, the investment package will also support Australian Marine Parks, expand the Indigenous Protected Areas in the Sea Country and protection of marine species.
Much of the funding will go towards ecosystems that involve sea-grass and mangroves, which play a key role in drawing carbon out of the atmosphere.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia’s oceans would be key to the country’s role in driving down emissions.
“The climate and the planet’s oceans are inextricably linked. This investment is a major contribution to domestic and international efforts to build healthier oceans and combat climate change,” said Morrison.
“This investment will boost the sea-grass and mangroves that will help cut emissions and it’ll mean cleaner beaches, lower fisheries by catch, more fish stocks, better protection for turtles and seabirds, and help for coastal and Indigenous communities reliant on the ocean for their livelihoods.”