This month, Damien warns us about the danger of the cosmetics. Some of them are full of plastic microbeads. It’s a real threat for our ocean and our health.
In connection with its involvement in the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) which will take place in Paris from 30th November to […]
The content of the French government's environmental record for 2015 was made public on the 4th February by the Prime Minister in Paris, following discussions organised in preparation for COP 21. France's resolutions were enacted at an inter-ministerial committee on sustainable development following the Environmental Conference on the 27th and 28th of last November which had brought together ministries, parliament, communities, companies, trade unions and NGOs (including Surfrider) to conduct discussions on three main themes: climate and biodiversity, transport and sustainable mobility, environment and public health.
Surfrider is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its flagship programme - the Ocean Initiatives - this year. More than ever, citizens are at the centre of this campaign, which aims to trigger a genuine awareness in people of the responsibility we have as consumers for the pollution caused by marine litter.
Last week, the Spanish government and the oil company Repsol announced the cancellation of their plans to prospect for oil in the Canary Islands. Following a first round of explorations with the drilling of the Sandia well, it was declared that neither the quantity nor the quality of the hydrocarbons found were sufficient to ensure profitable operations. As a result, Repsol confirmed last Friday that the firm will not apply for new licences, or indeed use the authorisations already obtained to pursue new oil explorations in the area.
Christmas does not always bring good surprises. The Keepers of the Coast campaign ‘No Oil in Canary Islands’ is far from over. Despite the strong opposition from regional government, residents and environmentalists, prospect oil drilling began in the Canaries at the end of November. And yet, there are significant arguments against this project, which led the Canary Islands’ government to lodge an appeal with the Spanish Supreme Court. The appeal was dismissed by the judges, arguing that the risks incurred were purely hypothetical; but is this not the trademark of what one commonly calls a ‘risk’? This wager on probabilities by those who claim to uphold reason strangely evokes a quote by Oscar Wilde: “People who talk sense are like people who break stones in the road: they cover one with dust and splinters.”