Ecoshape: producing clean surfboards | Photo: Line Up Surfboards

The 2010 Ecoshape guide, commissioned by EuroSIMA Cluster, contains helpful information to build or develop a shaping workshop respecting Health, Safety and Environment.

More than 2 years of research and testing in experimental workshops have been necessary to develop this guide for professional and amateur. In Europe, the number of shapers is estimated at 400 professionals and several thousand non-professionals.

Innovative tools to evaluate working conditions have been used in partnership with professional ergonomists and the Regional Agency for the Improvement of Working Conditions of Aquitaine. A software has also been specially developed and is now used nationally by the services of prevention of professional risk.

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Beach water: testing one, two, three

Just because your local beach hasn't been closed in awhile doesn't mean it's somehow gotten cleaner-in fact it may be dirtier.

"Isn't that what water quality testing is for?" you may be wondering.

Well, yes, assuming that it's being done. According to an unnerving investigation conducted by the LA Times, beach health testing is at an all-time low since it was made law in 1999.

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Fairhaven, Massachusetts: citizens forced to choose another beach

While Barack Obama swims in the Gulf of Mexico, beachgoers in Fairhaven, Massachusetts were met with a nasty surprise last week when thousands of dead fish washed up on local beaches, causing a smell one young interviewee described as "wicked bad."

The dead fish, all of them menhaden (a species belonging to the herring family), also washed up en masse along the Delaware Bay in New Jersey.

Environmental experts are unsure of why the fish are dying, but don't believe pollution, a broken commercial fishing net, or toxic algae blooms are to blame.

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