As today is the World Oceans Day, the UK Research and Innovation published an interactive infographic describing how engineering is increasing the knowledge of the oceans and reduces our impact on them.
Namely, the UK Research and Innovation presents eight developments that had or will have a great impact in increasing our awareness of how to improve the situation in our oceans:
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- A new satellite takes the Earth’s temperature more accurately enabling a better understanding of climate trends.
- Wind provided 15% of the UK’s electricity last year.
- A new polar research ship, RRS Sir David Attenborough, will help to research the oceans, ice and atmosphere.
- Researchers are taking a new approach to studying the health effects of exposure to water contamination, to better understand and predict the onset of disease.
- Scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of the most commonly polluting plastics.
- Biodegradable microbeads could replace harmful plastic ones, up to 100,000 of which are estimated to enter the ocean after a single shower.
- Using underwater robots, researchers can listen to the oceans as never before, allowing them to measure wind speed, listen to sounds made by marine life and pick up human activities.
- Boaty McBoatface may have generated headlines and a social media buzz, but oddly-named ships are not just a phenomenon of 21st century social media.