Chad Nelsen: leading the Surfrider ship | Photo: Surfrider

Chad Nelsen, the new CEO of Surfrider Foundation, has set three priorities for his term.

He's been in the Surfrider Foundation for 16 years. Chad Nelsen, former lifeguard, comes from Laguna Beach, California. When he volunteered for Surfrider in 1995, he used his research in artificial surfing reefs for his Masters thesis.

The transition from Environmental Director to CEO was a natural step. Now, Nelsen wants to work on the challenges raised by sea level rise and ocean acidification. Three priorities have been drawn up.

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Kauai: GMOs and pesticides are dangerous | Photo: Surfrider

In 2013, Kauai adopted Ordinance 960 to protect the health and welfare of its people and natural environment, including its renowned shorelines, from problems associated with pesticide exposure.

But five seed companies - Syngenta Seeds, Syngenta Hawaii, Pioneer, Agrigenetics and BASF - fought the bill, and the district court found state law preempted the ordinance.

Now, Surfrider Foundation, Earthjustice, Center for Food Safety, Pesticide Action Network and Ka Makani Ho'opono are appealing the decision.

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Oceans: temperatures keep rising

Ocean temperatures have reached unprecedented and historical levels, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA has revealed that, in August 2014, global sea surface temperature was 0.65°C (1.17°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.4°F).

The historic number means that the rise in the temperature of the oceans is deeply affecting the health of marine ecosystems.

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