Environment – Friday, March 21, 2014
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
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
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
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
Lately, a dead sperm whale had stranded in the Netherlands with 25 kg plastic litter in his stomach, responsible for his death. Millions of fish, seabirds, sea animals, turtles die every year because of the plastic garbage floating in the Seas around the world. A video and an article by segelreporter.com.
Environment – Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Exactly 10 years before, when Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen had sailed exactly the same course from Melbourne to Osaka and on to San Francisco, all he'd had to do to catch a fish from the ocean between Brisbane and Japan was throw out a baited line, but today, the Pacific Ocean is dead. No fish, no seabirds, no live. The engin needed in windless conditions was only usable at daytime, to steer clear of all the waste swimming around. His report.
Environment – Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Ocean gyres concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world's ocean and various research groups are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts for the seas' fauna and flora. For some years, a number of sea protection organisations have been organising beach cleaning campaigns in spring every year, where thousands of tons of plastic garbage is collected. This year, almost 1'000 actions have been announced. The first ones will begin on the coming weekend. A report.
Environment – Friday, March 1, 2013
All participants of the Vendée Globe mentioned in their daily reports the first Albatrosses escorting them on their way across the Soutern Oceans. The English sailing icon Ellen MacArthur GBR has been speaking up for the protection of the endangered water birds since the end of her racing career. In addition to the threat of the up to 150 km long nets of commerical fishing, it is above all the floating plastic garbage hurting the Albatrosses. In 80 % of the stomacs of dead birds is plastic litter. A movie concerning this problem will be published this autumn. Here the trailer.
Environment – Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Maritime NZ are reporting this morning that the 130metre stern section of the MV 'Rena' is reported to be slipping off the Astrolabe Reef. They have previously stated that if this happens they expect the section to sink, following up the section breaking off over the weekend. The two sections that were shown as visibly cracked, split in two, and were reported to be 30 meters apart. That break up released cargo, containers and oil - a situation that will be repeated if the stern section sinks. Of concern to the sailing community is the fact that the Volvo Ocean Race fleet will pass down the east coast of the North Island in two months time. Many of the containers are not accounted for from the 'Rena', and have either sunk or are still in varying degrees of submersion. The article with a video clip in Sail World.
Environment – Monday, September 5, 2011
Not much wind on Sunday too on Lake Zurich and only two final races could be sailed. In the 470s, the 'oldies' Stefan Seger (ISAF Youth World Champion 1984) with Dominik Liener were the winners, in the 29ers, Sandra Giovanoli/Stefan Beer took the first place. 36 teams in total participated in the CO2-immission-free regatta with everybody arriving in Zurich by train and tramway. The report with rankings.
Environment – Sunday, September 4, 2011
24 470 teams and 11 29er-teams travelled to Zurich yesterday with public transport facilities to sail the 'Climate Race' on 470s and 29ers put at the disposal of the teams by the organisers - sailing without CO2 immisions ! But the wind energy was not on its best level and only two qualification heats could be sailed late in the afternoon. The interims leaders are in the 470s Seger/Liener TYC and in the 29ers Giovanoli/Beer SCStä. The best ranked 470s and the six best 29ers qualify for the final races. The report.
Environment – Thursday, August 25, 2011
The tropical storm 'Irene', now classified as a Category 3 hurricane, which was ravaging the Bahamas on Wednesday, could make landfall in eastern North Carolina on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. 'Irene' is the first massive hurricane of the season that might bring a more than normal storm activity. A report and the website of the National Hurricane Center with more details.