Beach Act: monitoring the quality of American beaches

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.

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Taiji slaughter: activists defend dolphins from Japanese killers

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?

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Internal Waves: sunlight reflects the smooth sections, appearing as white arcs

Scientists have discovered why how the Luzon Strait's giant internal waves rise from the deep.


The biggest ocean waves in the world sweep through the South China Sea's Luzon Strait, towering more than 550 feet (170 meters). However, these massive waves barely break the surface.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have proved that the spacing of two submerged seafloor ridges in the northern Luzon Strait is perfect for generating gigantic internal waves.

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