Oceans: temperatures keep rising

Ocean temperatures have reached unprecedented and historical levels, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA has revealed that, in August 2014, global sea surface temperature was 0.65°C (1.17°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.4°F).

The historic number means that the rise in the temperature of the oceans is deeply affecting the health of marine ecosystems.

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Martin's Beach: nobody owns the beach | Photo: Surfrider

The Superior Court of California has decided that billionaire and venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla, must require authorization for blocking access to Martin's Beach.

The Surfrider Foundation is celebrating a very significant victory in the battle against the man who wants to block public access to Martin's Beach, in San Mateo. Khosla has been also forced to begin a public process to consider the changes to the property and beach access.

"Today's court decision upholding the Coastal Act is an important victory for Martin's Beach and ultimately strengthens the publics right to beach access in California," says Angela Howe, Legal Director for the Surfrider Foundation.

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Great Barrier Reef: wave stopper

Scientists from the University of Southampton have concluded that the Great Barrier Reef is a truly effective wave absorber.

The largest coral reef system on Planet Earth extends 2,300 kilometers along the coast of Queensland, in Australia. It is a World Heritage Site since 1981.

A study led by five scientists proved that, despite large gaps between the reefs, the Great Barrier Reef dramatically reduces wave height landward of the coral line.

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