Surfing from / May, 2011

HidroAysén’s Approval Takes Chile in the Wrong Direction

The reasons why HidroAysén should not be constructed are numerous but sadly, the authorities showed recently that they prefer to move in the opposite direction, at the expense of Patagonia. By Amanda Maxwell, NRDC.

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China to step up fight against plastic addiction

News, Pollution
May
30

Around three billion plastic bags were being used daily in China before the 2008 ban. Since then, according to the NDRC, people have used at least 24 billion fewer plastic bags every year, and 100 billion plastic shopping bags may have been kept out of landfills as a result of the law.

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Queen Anne’s Revenge’s Anchor Recovered Off NC Coast

News
May
28

Archaeologists recovered the first anchor from what’s believed to be the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship off the North Carolina coast.

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BP oil spill partly blamed for Gulf dolphin deaths

The deaths of over 150 dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico so far this year is due in part to the devastating 2010 BP oil spill and the chemical dispersants used to contain it, a report said Thursday.

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Climate Change Impacts in China

The received wisdom used to be that climate change would have relatively little impact on China. But that views seems outdated.

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Scientists Argue Against Conclusion That Bacteria Consumed Deepwater Horizon Methane

Some scientists cast doubt on a widely publicized study that concluded that a bacterial bloom in the Gulf of Mexico consumed the methane discharged from the Deepwater Horizon well. The debate has implications for the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem.

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Beaches In Britain Beat 2010’s Bathing Quality Standards

News, Pollution
May
26

More beaches given the top rating this year, but slightly more failed to meet basic water standards

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The Peril of Plastic

News, Pollution
May
26

Many scientists believe marine plastic pollution is one of the major issues, along with climate change, facing the planet.

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Plastic Pollution in Namibia

News, Pollution
May
26

The beaches are beautiful, but a walk along the shoreline and a quick beach cleanup showed that like coastal areas all over the world, Namibia has a problem with plastic trash accumulating on its otherwise relatively pristine beaches.

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