Antarctic glaciers: melting from below | Photo: Geomar: melting from below | Photo: Geomar

Scientists at the Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have concluded that water temperatures on the West Antarctic shelf are rising predominantly due to warm water from greater depths.

Data collected by the German marine researchers, alongside colleagues of the University of East Anglia, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Hokkaido (Japan), confirms that these events will accelerate the glacier melt from below and trigger the sliding of big glaciers.

"If the water continues to warm, the increased penetration of warmer water masses onto the shelf will likely further accelerate this process, with an impact on the rate of global sea level rise," explains Professor Karen Heywood from the University of East Anglia.

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BenWoodGo surfboard: made of wood for big waves | Photo: SAS

Surfers Against Sewage has launched a big wave sustainable surfboard project, in Cornwall, England.

The non-governmental organization has teamed up with Ben Skinner and Otter Surfboards to develop a plank that will face United Kingdom's largest waves. The BenWoodGo Challenge shaped "Eco-Gun," a wooden board made of locally sourced Cornish red cedar.

The environment-friendly surfboard will be tested in the biggest, most perfect swell at Cornwall's infamous big wave surf spot - the Cribbar - located off Newquay Headland.

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San Miguel: the birthplace of Mexican surfing | Photo: Serge Dedina

The Save the Waves Coalition is asking surfers to sign a petition supporting the approval of the proposed 58 hectare Arroyo San Miguel State Park, in Baja California, Mexico.

The creation of the first state park in the region will protect six kilometers of watershed that drain at the river mouth at San Miguel beach, and provide safe drinking water for 400 local residents.

San Miguel is the birthplace of Mexican surfing, with over 60 years of wave riding. It remains a rite of passage for Baja surf adventurers. The protection of this iconic point break is part of the declaration of Bahía de Todos Santos as the sixth World Surfing Reserve.

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