Containers being lost at sea is nothing new. However as container ships continue to grow in size - giants being the word often applied - and as marine traffic increases, losses also escalate. This leads us to the notion of emerging risk, especially when we consider the poor means of prevention today. When container ships lose their cargo at sea: who is at fault? Lost containers pose a problem for both navigational safety and the environment. This is why France decided to take on the issue in collaboration with Spain and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) so that the means of preventing container ship loss were studied. The recommendations were as follows: the establishment of a mandatory and specific system of formatted declarations for container losses the implementation of measures for detecting and locating lost containers in sensitive areas (marine protected areas, demersal fishing zones [...]

The People’s Climate March on the 21st of September

Surfrider Foundation Europe will join the People’s Climate March on Sunday, the 21st of September, which is being held on the occasion of the UN Summit in New York two days later, where the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is uniting the world’s political leaders to establish the road map for the 2015 climate negotiations in Paris. This global Climate March is first and foremost a mobilisation of the people, seeking to communicate to governments the importance of establishing an ambitious and more binding climate agenda to ultimately achieve the maintenance of healthy ecosystems.

Small And Deadly: Plastic Microbeads In Your Cosmetics

Some of the products you are using on a daily basis such as exfoliants, shower gel, shaving cream, and facial cleansers may contain microbeads. While providing these products with their exfoliating properties, these beads are a massive destructive force in the environment. Measuring only a few micromilimeters in diameter, they drain away with the wastewater, pass unhindered through the sewage treatment plants, and end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans. From there, they enter the food chain… of which we are the last link. Surfrider has warned against this scourge before, sharing the excellent application ‘Beat the Microbead’. Today, the US State of Illinois, followed by California and New York, has decided to ban these plastic particles in cosmetic products. Australia could soon follow.