Surfing from / October, 2011

EU To Extend Coastal Pollution Fines To 200 Nautical Miles

News, Pollution
Oct
31

The European Commission proposed new rules to force oil-drilling companies to pay for pollution caused up to 200 nautical miles off European coastlines.

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Japan Nuclear Radiation Higher Than Estimated

The Fukushima nuclear disaster released twice as much of a radioactive substance into the atmosphere as Japanese authorities estimated, reaching 40 percent of the total from Chernobyl, a preliminary report says

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Houses Made Of Plastic Bottles, Argentina

News, Pollution
Oct
29

A man in Argentina who built his house and furniture out of plastic bottles has been so successful that he is now teaching other people how to do the same.

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Tangier Island: Another Disappearing Island In The Chesapeake Bay

Tangier Island lies in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay and is 92 miles (148km) southeast of Washington, DC. This small piece of land is barely above sea level and its 500 residents are fighting for its survival.

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Seven Billion People Are Not The Issue: Human Sustainable Development Is What Counts

News
Oct
28

As the global media speculate on the number of people likely to inhabit the planet on October 31 an international team of population and development experts argue that it is not simply the number of people that matters but more so their distribution by age, education, health status and location that is most relevant to local and global sustainability.

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Continuous Rising Waters Prompt Large Scale Evacuation In Bangkok, Thailand

Residents fled Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, on Thursday after authorities warned the city would soon be flooded and called a special five-day holiday to let people escape.

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North Sea Oil Spill Risk Unacceptably High

News, Pollution
Oct
27

The European commission has warned that the likelihood of a Deepwater Horizon-type accident in the North Sea remains “unacceptably high” as it outlined new laws to counter the danger.

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Plastic Ocean : By Captain Charles Moore with Cassandra Phillips

” Captain Moore is one of the main drivers of our awareness of plastic pollution; “Plastic Ocean” reminds readers that the cleanliness of our water is of utmost importance to our survival, the survival of other species both animal and plant on this planet, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of what happens when you throw away that plastic bag or bottle and where it ultimately ends up.”

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Small nations push climate at Commonwealth talks

Pacific islands and other low-lying countries experiencing global warming consequences and rising seas, will use a Commonwealth summit this week to ramp up pressure in the climate change debate, on powerful and majors polluters – the United States and China – that are not doing enough to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

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