Pollution in New York: surfers will be here in September

Health advisories were issued for four beaches in New York City last week after a fire at a sewage treatment plant resulted in the discharge of millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River, according to a press release from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

The spill occurred when one of five pumps at the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Harlem caught fire, and took firefighters four hours to get under control.

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Trashy wave: prize winner

The most popular float at this year's Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade was made out of trash. Andre Faubert, a Huntington Beach resident and volunteer for the Surfrider Foundation Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter, spent one month gathering trash for one hour a day along the city's shoreline.

By the time he finished, he had collected more than 580 pounds of garbage, including bottle caps, plastic bags and Styrofoam which he used to create a visual demonstration of the devastating effects of litter on our oceans.

Not only did Faubert make an impression on all those who attended the parade, but the chapter and the float took home the first place prize.

Bali Clean-up: in relax mode

The "Bali’s Big Eco Weekend" is about to kick off from July 1st-3rd, in Indonesia. The event has been created by Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia and Quiksilver Indonesia.

The goal is to generate support and encourage environmental sustainability at Bali’s first ever community environmental conference, the Bali Clean and Green Stakeholder Networking and Solution Forum.

"Bali is one of our most loved destinations and anyone heading over for the holidays has the chance to immerse themselves in the activities over the Big Eco Weekend – which include cleaning the beaches, watching the surfing events and releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean", says Sally Loane from the organization of the event.

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