Rob Machado: the clean water magician

Waves For Water has initiated the Clean Water Couriers program to bring clean water to catastrophic stricken regions around the world.

Simple, clean water filters can change lives. Non-governmental surf organization Waves For Water is looking for 100,000 travelers to pack 10 filters each, and deliver them around the globe.

Creating these types of filtration systems are simple: all you need are paint buckets (easily found in any country), a knife to make a hole, spigots and ceramic-drip water filters that can be purchased for $25 each or the preferred community filter at $50.


Tobacco: no more cig butts in Maui's beaches

The Maui County Council has passed a bill prohibiting tobacco at county parks, beaches and recreational facilities.

Prior to the approval of Bill 24, Maui students collected more than 14,000 cigarette butts in less than two hours.

"I applaud all of those involved in inspiring this bill, especially those students actively engaged in the civic process to bring about change as they recognize it would be better in their community. Your commitment to this cause is moving," says Don Guzman, the said Council Member who introduced the bill.


Ocean Power Technologies: no wave energy buoys in Oregon

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has abandoned plans to install the first commercial wave energy project in the United States.

It was supposed to be a pioneering initiative off the coast of Reedsport, Oregon. Up to 10 giant energy-producing buoys would be placed in the Pacific Ocean, but the company has changed its mind.

The Oregon Wave Energy Trust, a nonprofit, state-financed group, spent $430,000 in state lottery money helping Ocean Power Technologies navigate the process of seeking a permit.