Huntington Beach Pier: the road is clear, but is it clean?

Californian surfers are advised to stay out of the water five days after it rains.

It might sound strange, but a new study by UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability reveals that levels of bacteria in the water after storms are alarming.

For seven years, scientists studied water quality data from 32 popular beaches in Los Angeles and Orange counties. They discovered that elevated levels of bacteria lingered in the water in beaches located near storm drains and creek outlets.

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Fukushima: radiation will reach California

Traces of radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant meltdown will be detectable at the Pacific coast, in April 2014.

According to a scientific model developed by Vincent Rossi, a post-doctoral research associate at the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems in Spain, traces of Fukushima's radiation will reach Alaska and coastal Canada first.

This will happen because of the trajectory of the powerful Kuroshio Current that flows from Japan across the Pacific. The plume will continue to circulate down the coast of North America and back towards Hawaii.

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Atlantic Ocean: say no to seismic surveys

The Surfrider Foundation has criticized the document which opens the way to extensive seismic surveys, in the Atlantic Ocean, during the next eight years.

The final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) released by the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management evaluates proposed seismic exploration for oil and gas resources in the South and Mid-Atlantic ocean.

"Seismic airgun testing would cause catastrophic impacts to the marine ecosystem, including injury and death to hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins," underlines Pete Stauffer, manager of Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Program.

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