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Environment – Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014   
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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   
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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   
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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   
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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   
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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
Saturday, November 9, 2013   
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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, March 20, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013   
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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 – Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011   
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Decision making at the International Sailing Federation ISAF is based on submissions made by National Authorities, Recognised Classes and ISAF Committees. It is up to all interested parties to assume their rights to direct the sport in a direction wanted by a majority with meaningful proposals. After deliberations, Council, representing the ISAF Members, makes the final decisions at the Annual Conference, this year in Puerto Rico from Nov 3 to 13. The deadline for receipt of submissions was 12:00 UTC 1 August 2011.
During their July meeting, the Board of Directors of US SAILING unanimously approved twelve Submissions to ISAF for changes in the 2013-2016 Racing Rules of Sailing. These Submissions were prepared by the US Racing Rules Committee, which met 19 times since last October to consider, discuss, and revise the proposed changes. Additionally, the committee members exchanged literally hundreds of e-mail messages with comments and proposed rewording of the rules in question.
The respective Submissions are posted on the US SAILING website.
Environment – Thursday, March 24, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011   
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1,3 mio tons of plastic produced world-wide ends up in the Oceans annually, finally concentrating in one of the Earth's five great ocean garbage patches. Breaking into smaller and smaller pieces, some pieces end up in plankton and algae, or drift to the ocean floor. Others are mistaken for food by turtles. The stomach content of a juvenile sea turtle accidentally captured off the coast of Argentina, contained 74 plastic objects. (Image). Like so many environmental problems, ocean plastic seems overwhelming. But countries like China, South Africa and Thailand are already taxing or banning single-use plastic bags, which pose the greatest threat to turtles. A report.
Environment – Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010   
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West Marine announced the recipients of their first annual Marine Conservation Grants program. Grants for a total amount of $30,000 are being awarded to non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. who are working to "improve and protect marine habitat," which is part of West Marine's mission. The nine winners: California & Hawaii: The Ocean Foundation Tag-a-Giant Fund; Huntington Beach, Calif.: Get Inspired; Sebastian, Fort Pierce, Indian River Lagoon, Fla.: Marine Cleanup Initiative, Inc; Jacksonville Fla.: Think It, Sink It, Reef It (TISRI); New Orleans La.: Marine Research and Assistance Council and Friends of the West End; South Carolina & Texas: Coastal Conservation Association (CCA); Orange County, Calif.: Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA); Get the details (PDF).
Environment – Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010   (Image © NOAA)
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Hurricane Igor is forecast to clip southeast Newfoundland and a tropical storm warning is in effect from Stones Cove northward and westward to Charlottetown and the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon. Along with the strong winds, rainfall could locally near 8 to 10 inches in a few locations. As of 11 PM Eastern Time Monday, the center of Igor was located about 565 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Top winds with Igor are 75 miles per hour, making Igor a minimal hurricane. However, since Igor is a rather large system, hurricane force winds extend up to 85 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend up to 380 miles away from the center. Igor is not expected to change much in strength as it transitions into an extratropical system over the next 24 hours. Igor is moving to the northeast at 29 miles per hour. Well away from Igor, large swells should continue to impact much of the East Coast of the United States and the south shores of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland through Tuesday, with dangerous rip currents expected in the surf zone. Large swells impacting the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hispaniola continue to slowly subside. Meanwhile, a new tropical depression, number 14, is forming west of the Cap Verde islands with sustained winds of 35 mph, slowly moving north. The report and NOAA's Active Storm page.
Environment – Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010   (Image © Rick Tomlinson)
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Dame Ellen MacArthur says she learnt about sustainability from her experiences sailing around the world. She told BBC Radio 5: "Having collected everything I would need for my survival for two and a half months and having to manage it...I had a real idea of the notion of finite." MacArthur has set up an educational foundation to promote sustainability. Key objectives include: To provide a framework for change through inspirational content, education programs and communication. To help seed the future economy with people with the knowledge and skills to build a sustainable future. To engage with industry and showcase what is already happening in this area and challenge the status quo. For more of ellen's plans, visit the Foundation's Web site.