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Environment – Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019   

Europe-wide beach-cleaning weekend

Next weekend, the Surfraider Foundation, which is committed to protecting the oceans, is organizing a Europe-wide beach cleaning action service. Meanwhile, other continents are also involved. So far, volunteers have organized action days at 624 coastal locations. Here an overview.
The Foundation also provides instructional material for schools, and the collected waste - several tons per year - is also scientifically recorded. You can sign up for one of the actions or even organize one yourself. See more on the Surfraider website.
Environment – Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Tuesday, March 5, 2019   

18-Footer - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Sydney AUS - Races 3 & 4

 18-Footer - JJ Giltinan Trophy - Sydney AUS - Races 3 & 4 Two races were sailed in fresh winds around 16kn this morning UTC at the JJ Giltinan Trophy on Sydney Harbour with 'C-Tech' (Alex Vallings NZL) and 'Smeg' (Michael Coxon AUS) finishing first. 'Honda Marine' with David Mcdiarmid NZL, leader after the first two heats, remained on top with the day ranks 2 and 6. Only the ranking list after 2 races was available at press deadline. The updates and the daily news will be posted during the day on the event website.
Environment – Friday, March 17, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017   

Initiatives Oceanes - Beach-cleaning weekend

 Initiatives Oceanes - Beach-cleaning weekend The Surfrider Foundation Europe program tackles the marine litter issue through education, citizen science and lobby, and everybody can be part of this initiative. On the coming weekends, Initiatives Oceanes organises beach-cleaning-actions all over the World, except North America, with an emphasis on Europe.
Here the map with action points, where everybody is invited to participate. Watch the video.
Environment – Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Environment – Thursday, June 4, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015   

MOD70-Trimaran - 'Race for Water' on the Easter Islands

 MOD70-Trimaran - 'Race for Water' on the Easter Islands The MOD70-trimaran 'Race for Water' has been underway for 80 days now in her scientific odysee around the Globe. This expedition is dedicated to water preservation, as this vital resource is in serious danger today. To learn, share and act on our Water Footprint and Marine Plastic Pollution are the main issues the Foundation focuses on.
During their last stopover on the sparcely populated small Easter Islands inmidst the Pacific Ocean, faraway from civilisation, they discovered massively plastic-polluted beaches. Even the inhabitants of the island, mainly nurished with seafood, have now spurs of plastic in their blood. On the R4W-website, Steve Ravussin SUI and his team inform on the scientific research they did on the Easter Island, including pictures and video.
Two days ago, the trimaran departed direction Hawaii. On the way, the huge garbage patch on the Pacific will be crossed, grown to one of the largest 'island' in the Pacific ! During their trip, the website and the available newsletter will inform daily on the situation.
Environment – Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015   

MOD70-Trimaran - 'Race for Water' reaches New York

 MOD70-Trimaran - 'Race for Water' reaches New York The Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO) reached New York City on Thursday, concluding its Atlantic crossing in a journey that will take its six-man crew over 40,000 nautical miles as they attempt to draw up the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the oceans. The 'Race for Water' MOD70 trimaran with Steve Ravussin SUI as skipper has been underway for two months now on her journey around the globe. While being in New York, representatives of the R4WO foundation will participate in UN Sessions and Meetings to discuss the huge problem of plastic waste pollution. The UN Session can be followed live on the Internet at 19 hrs UTC.
The report and the video of the arrival in New York.
Environment – Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014   

Violent Spanish Coast Guard against Greenpeace Activists

 Violent Spanish Coast Guard against Greenpeace Activists Last weekend, a protest action of Greenpeace against deep-sea oil drillings off the Canary Islands got out of control with violent attacks of the Spanish Coast Guard, ramming the ribs of the environental activists several times. Two severely injured had to be rescued by helicopter and hospitalised. Legal steps have been initiated.
Here the video.
Environment – Friday, March 21, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014   

Ocean Initiatives - beach cleaning weekend March 20th-23rd

 Ocean Initiatives - beach cleaning weekend March 20th-23rd Several environmental organisations concerned about the pollution of the seas organise the world-wide beach cleaning initiative during the coming weekend, the 18th annual operation. 766 projects, most of them in Europe, are on the program, and everybody interested in can participate. In addition to the (beaches / coastlines/ seabed) clean-up operation of - mostly plastic - garbage, educational tools provided by Surfrider that will inform participants about the problems of macro waste and will encourage participants to adopt more ecologically responsible behavior. The organisation website. The bad news are, that the EU Environmental Commision has rejected an initiative to limit the use of plastic bags. Read also the Surfraider Foundation website for details.
Environment – Friday, March 7, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014   

Bénéteau Figaro - Training in stormy weather

 Bénéteau Figaro - Training in stormy weather During this winter 2013/4, the French Atlantic Coast was hit by an ununsual number - over 40 - of heavy storm fronts, some in record force. Over the past weekend, it was the depression 'Christine' causing floods and erosion of the beaches. Here a summary of the French TV news. Preparing the coming Bénéteau Figaro regatta season, Nicolas Lunven and Eric Péron FRA used the storm of the weekend before for a training in a 47-60 kn breeze and 7 meter waves, Here a video clip taken from a helicopter.
Environment – Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014   

Ship loses more than 500 containers in Bay of Biscay storm

 Ship loses more than 500 containers in Bay of Biscay storm The Maersk Svendborg lost over 500 containers after being battered by huge waves and 60-knot winds in the Bay of Biscay, about 75 miles south-west of Land's End, but most, around 85%, were empty. The full extent of the damage wasn't realised until the ship docked in Malaga, southern Spain, last week. One container was washed up in Devon full of cigarettes and police had to close the area, reminding people that all such items are private property and if found must be reported. Not doing so is a criminal offence. Read more ..... .
Environment – Sunday, December 1, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013   

News from Fukushima JPN

 News from Fukushima JPN Two weeks ago the delicate operation of emtying the fourth reactor of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima started. Not operating during the Tsunami the reactor reamained intact, but the builing is severly damaged and will not survive a next earthquake. An 11-minute video shows the risks of this operation. For the cleaningup the operating company hired job- and homless people who are not aware of the risks and who even dont have a health insurance. read the report. Fukushima Update continues to report almot daily from Japan. Already now the Pacific is contaminated for some 10'000 years, which will especially affect the animals in the sea, already now fish caught at the Californian coast shows higher radioactivity as usual.
Environment – Saturday, November 9, 2013
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