July 2014, Tom Curren was in Biarritz to come visit the Surfrider Foundation Europe Headquarters. Founder of the organisation and triple world surfing champion Tom Curren, he recalled his memories almost 25 years later, he recalls his memories …
This month, Marc, in charge of water quality and health of water users answers Sabine question: why has bathing been banned on certain beaches?
During the current summer season, public bathing areas are closely observed in order to guarantee the health security in these areas. You might have noticed: after heavy rainfalls, for example, some of these areas can be « preventively closed » due to a short term pollution of the bathing water.
During summer, campuses clear out and come to a halt before the hectic start of the autumn term. Not for Surfrider Foundation Europe. The Surfrider Campus Tour has settled on the Vendee (85) and Loire Atlantique beaches from the 14th until the 20th of July 2014. This educational caravan ‘s mission is to inform and educate the general public about Surfrider’s focus areas. And because it is summer, the focus is on aquatic waste and water quality, which every year become more worrying for tourists. Holidays, ocean, sun and Surfrider Foundation Europe offering a little intellectual agitator, what else can you dream of?
As chance would have it, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott scrapped the carbon, or greenhouse gas (GHG), tax at a time when the country has just been experiencing its hottest year on record. Carbon pricing was introduced in Australia in 2012 by Julia Gillard, then Prime Minister, and it sanctioned the biggest polluters by demanding financial compensation payments for their GHG emissions. The elimination of this environmental measure, which had been a world premiere, comes at a moment when an extensive coal project is being reviewed in northeast Australia: ‘Alpha Coal’ is likely to have dire repercussions for the environment. It will emit millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases and put at risk the Great Barrier Reef to the extent that UNESCO has threatened Australia to list the reef as a World Heritage in Danger site.
The Spanish Government has reiterated its approval for the oil exploration project in the Canary Islands despite the re-launch of the petition ‘Save Canarias’ by the Keeper of the Coast, Wim. It had previously rejected the call for a referendum, made by the current autonomous Canary Islands Government, which is opposed to the project. Faced with such a blatant lack of cooperation, Wim, supported by the Government of the Canaries, re-launched his petition. The Canary Islands Government is also planning to organise its own referendum to find out what the Spanish population thinks about this exploration project.