- 19 January 2010 | Environment
Clean water campaigners Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) were on hand to greet water company executives with the walk of shame as they entered the appeal hearing today. 6 water companies are trying to defend the indefensible, by appealing against designated discharge consents for 4,000 combined sewer overflows (CSOs). SAS were armed with a giant 6ft by 4ft photo of a CSO clogged full of sanitary towels, condoms, cotton buds sticks and more. The appeal is expected to last for 4 days.
Today SAS campaigners were in wetsuits with surfboards to welcome water company executives as they enter the appeal at the entrance to the Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff. They were armed with a 6ft by 4ft image of a disgusting CSO jammed full of sanitary towels, condoms and worse.
The majority of water companies were aiming to escape environmental regulations set for thousands of their CSOs. The companies involved are; Anglian Water, Yorkshire Water, Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru, Thames Water and Severn Trent Water.
- 14 January 2010 | Environment
The 2nd Annual Watermans: Applied Science, “Paddle for Humanity” is set to go off May 1st at Dana State Beach, California. The Paddle for Humanity is a fundraising event held in support of SurfAid International.
All proceeds go directly to SurfAid International and help support their effort to bring Malaria education/prevention and sustainable sanitation/clean water projects to parts of the world connected to us through surfing, specifically the Mentawais and Nias. The 2010 fundraising goal has been set at $100,000.
This year’s paddle will build on the success of the inaugural 2009 event from start to finish. “Last year we reach our modest fundraising goal of $10,000, drawing over 200 participants and spectators to support SurfAid and their cause.” Said Race Director, Pete Stirling,“This year we are expanding the event and significantly improving the paddlers’ experience and our commitment to SurfAid.”
Whether participants are recreational paddlers or hardcore racers there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and have a good time for a great cause.
Paddlers can choose to either show their support for SurfAid by participating in the 2-mile fun paddle or battle it out with the big dogs in the 6-Mile Elite Race for over $10,000 in cash and prizes.
- 12 January 2010 | Environment
U2 guitarist David "The Edge" Evans is moving ahead with plans to build a mini-development of five homes high atop the hills of Malibu, CA, despite the objections of local residents.
The five mountaintop mansions, sitting on 156 acres, would feature panoramic views and will be built to Gold LEED standards.
Residents argue that this project could lead to water run-off, land erosion, wildlife endangerment and, of course, obstruction of views.
We can't help but wonder, wouldn't the most environmentally friendly mansion be the one that isn't built at all?