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.
Each year, the third weekend of September is the can't – miss cultural event of the new school year; the Heritage days. It's the event which allows you to discover the national heritage which is usually closed to the public, who, during this time, are able to take in the beauty of these places filled with history. For the third consecutive year, Surfrider Foundation Europe offers Beach Day on the same weekend, because the marine environment is also heritage, and because this heritage, as well as being a treat for the eyes, also honors the four other human senses.
Is change happening now? What if it was true? In the last few months, the issue of marine waste, and more particularly of plastic bags, has repeatedly been at the heart of debates and of French and European ambitions. t’s most certainly in France where the biggest step has been taken in this respect. Indeed, the country has voted an amendment banning single-use plastic bags from the 1st of January 2016.
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 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.