Jack Johnson: helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy

Jack Johnson has donated a total of $50,000 to six organizations working to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, in the East coast of USA.

The Hawaiian pop star and former pro surfer will distribute donations to the Food Bank for New York City, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Save the Children, Waves for Water, GlobalGiving and Direct Relief International.

There are tens of thousands displaced from their homes and over 600,000 people still without power, as the relief efforts continue in the Atlantic coast.

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UK beaches: sewage is destroying Nature and waves

40% of the UK beaches have failed national standards for pollution in 2012. It is the worst year of the decade for the British sea side.

This year's alarming bathing water results expose 35 UK beaches failing to meet out-dated water quality and public health standards.

The wet summer of 2012 has shown the sewerage system just can't cope. The UK's overburdened sewerage system is bursting at the seams, resulting in all too frequent raw sewage and storm water discharges nationwide.

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New Jersey: help the surfing region recover from Hurricane Sandy

Superstorm Sandy washed away beaches and sent raw sewage and diesel fuel into waterways. The environmental impacts are tremendous.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimated more than 90% of the beaches in New Jersey and on New York's Long Island suffered erosion from Sandy, though the extent of the damage had yet to be measured. Restoring or repairing a beach can cost $5 million to $8 million a mile.

As we pause to consider those we have lost from Hurricane Sandy and focus on the immediate recovery efforts for those who have lost their homes, power, water and other life sustaining necessities, we are reminded of the real and devastating effects of major storms whose impacts may be exacerbated by climate change and sea level rise.

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