Porthtowan: polluters, watch out

A Surfers Against Sewage campaign victory, secured in the revised Bathing Water Directive is launched today by the Environment Agency with the publishing of beach profiles for bathing waters. These beach profiles highlight what forms of pollution the beach suffers from and identifies the discharge points.

As well as vital information on sewage discharge points, locations of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOS) and other sewerage infrastructure, these bathing water profiles also include maps and a description of the beach.

Bathing water profiles will not make the water cleaner, but they will allow all beach users to make more informed decisions about when is best to use the water and the information to know when it might be better to give it a miss due to pollution incidents.

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Tasman Glacier: New Zealand’s largest glacier

A deadly earthquake has stunned the people of New Zealand, leaving in its wake at least 75 dead and many more injured or in a state of upheaval.

In addition to the horrible human catastrophe that is currently unfolding from the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch, the quake has apparently caused 30 million tons of ice to fall off the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest glacier.

The glacier is located some 120 miles from the quake epicenter, and tourists and tour guides from the area said the icebergs dropping into the waters of the lake there created waves of up to 11 feet high.

Sharks: they love Florida

Thousands of sharks were photographed migrating through the coastal waters off Palm Beach, Florida, by a fast-thinking helicopter pilot who caught the action on his phone’s video camera.

Most are about 100 yards offshore, but many are swimming right to where waves break onshore. Beaches in Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida have closed, as the sharks are expected to be around for a couple of weeks.

Most of the sharks are Blacktip and Spinner sharks, which are not considered man-eaters, but have been known to bite. Small groups were even spotted around swimmers who showed no fear or awareness of the danger.

More than 100,000 sharks are thought to be infesting the waters of Florida.

SOURCE: Surfrider Foundation