Albatross: being killed for the sake of plastics

On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific garbage patch.

The "Midway" film project is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy.

Returning to the island over several years, photographer Chris Jordan and his team witness the cycles of life and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our times.


Europe: sandy beaches and high quality waters | Photo:

European surfers have reasons to smile, as 94% of bathing sites in the European Union meet minimum standards for water quality.

European Environment Agency's 2012 report on bathing water quality in Europe reveals that there are excellent conditions at 78% of spots and almost 2% more meet the minimum requirements compared to last year's report.

Cyprus and Luxembourg stand out with all listed bathing sites achieving excellent water quality. Eight other countries have excellent quality values above the EU average: Malta (97%), Croatia (95%), Greece (93%), Germany (88%), Portugal (87%), Italy (85%), Finland (83%) and Spain (83%).


Blue water: keep it clear and clean | Photo: Surfrider/

Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) announced that 18% of the annual water tests measured high bacterial levels, above the national water quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In 2012, the Blue Water Task Force collected 2,740 water samples to be analyzed by 23 water testing labs of the Surfrider Foundation network.

Of all water tests, 70% indicated low bacteria levels, 12% indicated medium bacteria levels and 18% measured high bacterial levels above the national water quality standards set by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters.