Plastic bags: California is ready to stop them | Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

California is ready to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and put a fee on paper bags.

On the 29th August, 2014, the state legislature approved SB 270, the first bag ban bill to make it through in the USA.

The proposed law, which will also put a 10-cent fee on paper bags, will have to wait for a final signature by Governor Jerry Brown. "I probably will sign it, yes," he has already stated.

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SharkStopper: world's first acoustic shark repellent

SharkStopper claims to be the world's first acoustic shark repellent. The Personal Shark Repellent (PSR) emulates the sound of killer whales in conjunction with a special frequency.

It can be used by surfers, divers, swimmers and beachgoers. SharkStopper emits a relatively low power acoustic signal that keeps the sharks at a safe distance.

The technology promises to protect humans against a wide variety of sharks, including bulls, great whites, tigers, hammerheads, the Caribbean reef shark, lemons, nurses, thresher sharks, black tips, and blue sharks, among others.

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Plastic bags: killing waves and marine life | Photo: Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage is calling for 3500 volunteers to remove many thousands of tonnes of marine litter from the British coastline, between 17th-19th October, 2014.

The "Autumn Beach Clean Series" will run 150 community events across the United Kingdom to protect beaches, waves and wildlife from the marine litter crisis haunting the coastlines.

The volunteers may expect that the majority of marine litter consists of plastic items such as drinks bottles, carrier bags, fishing waste and sewage-related debris.

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