People usually associate images of beautiful beaches and blue seas with The Maldives Islands. But not all of The Maldives is actually like this. Here are pictures of the island, Thilafushi, which are more like garbage dumps.
“The test was performed with a box of camp waste (largely food rests) in a bin bag. Estimated weight 30kg, Size 60x60x60cm. Fall height, about 80m. The lake reacts with violent lava fountaining activity, presumably in part due to steam produced from the organic matter.”
He has some serious anger issues…
A resident of Malawi William Kamkwamba built five wind turbines from scrap materials power. The idea to build a wind turbines came to William in 2002 when he was expelled from school for non-payment. A 14-year-old decided to educate himself and began visiting the local library, where he saw the image of a windmill on the cover of the 8th grade American textbook called Using Energy.
Almost 1/3 of China is sinking in garbage. Local recycling plants can process only 50% of the domestic garbage. Ecology of many cities is under threat, because the mountains of trash grow by 4.8% per year. And if this situation doesn’t change in the nearest future, all Chinese landfills will disappear under the trash by 2015.
Manshiet Nasser is a strange community in Cairo, Egypt. People call this place The City of Garbage because tons of trash come here from all over the capital of Egypt. The most unusual thing about this place is that people actually live here. Another strange thing about Manshiet Nasser is that local residents, the Zabbaleen, including women and kids dig through the garbage looking for something to resell. About 80 per cent of this trash is recycled and resold later on.
Cairo is not the only city on earth where such a model of Manshiet Nasser exists. It is already copied by communities in Los Angeles, Bombay and Manila.
The horrible flood in China brought tons of garbage to the country. It takes several cleaning boats to get rid of all the mess.
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Designer H.A. Schult has designed the world’s first hotel made entirely of garbage in Rome. The purpose of the hotel is to raise awareness about the damage we are causing to the European seas and the coastline by the large amount of waste that is being washed up.