Oceans: they inspire Surfrider Foundation since 1984 | Photo: Ishtaure Dawn

The Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 by a group of surfers, in Malibu, California. In thirty years, the organization changed the perception of the world's oceans, waves and beaches.

On the 22nd August, 1984, there were no mobile phones or internet. Communications were slower, but environmental problems were truly threatening the sustainability of the coastal regions.

The founders of the Surfrider Foundation kicked off their global journey by protecting First Point, their local surf break. Rapidly, the word spread and the surfers' organization extended its influence.

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Stig Severinsen: the man who doesn't breathe

In 2012, Stig Severinsen, the "human dolphin," broke the record for the longest time breath held underwater, in a London pool.

The man who doesn't breathe spent 22 minutes submerged using a special technique that he has been developing for ten years. But he has done more.

The 41-year-old Danish also holds the record for the longest underwater swim, that is 500 feet (152 meters and 40 centimeters) completed in two minutes and 11 seconds, in a frozen lake in East Greenland.

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Styrofoam container: banned from Washington DC

The citizens of Washington, D.C. will no longer see styrofoam containers in their daily lives. The City Council passed the "Sustainable D.C. Omnibus Act of 2014."

As of January 1, 2016, D.C. restaurants, supermarkets and food trucks will no longer be allowed to give customers single-use serving containers made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. Meat trays in grocery stores will be exempt.

Because EPS is more than 95 percent air, these products break apart easily, never biodegrade and litter parks, streets, river, lakes and oceans.

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