- 30 January 2014 | Environment
The beaches of Bali have been invaded by hundreds of thousands of plastic bags and plastic waste. The local governor promises to ban its production, distribution if one million signatures reach his office.
It's the same old story, every year. This time, tourists and locals say it's even worse. Thousands of tonnes of plastic waste is dumped in Bali's inland creeks and end up on the beach with the helping hand of monsoon rain.
Tourists don't like what they see. Surfers don't like what they see. The plastic plague is threatening Bali's unique environment and the tourism economy languishes.
- 28 January 2014 | Environment
The United States Congress has passed a federal budget that includes funding for the Beach Act Grants program that supports beach water quality monitoring and ensures national safety standards are followed at beaches across the country.
This funding is essential to protect public health for the millions of people who visit US beaches every year and the multi-billion dollar coastal economies that they support.
The EPA Beach Grant program provides assistance to all coastal states to help pay for their beach water quality monitoring and public notification programs.
- 21 January 2014 | Environment
Fishermen are killing hundreds of dolphins in the Taiji Bay, on the west coast of Japan. It's tradition, they say. Humans call it slaughter.
Up to 500 dolphins, including juveniles and babies, will be killed in less than a week. Dolphin drive hunting is a long-held tradition in the Taiji community.
"We have fishermen in our community and they are exercising their fishing rights. We feel that we need to protect our residents against the criticisms", says Kazutaka Sangen, the mayor of Taiji. But what if killing politicians becomes a tradition?