Martin's Beach: nobody owns the beach | Photo: Surfrider

The Superior Court of California has decided that billionaire and venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla, must require authorization for blocking access to Martin's Beach.

The Surfrider Foundation is celebrating a very significant victory in the battle against the man who wants to block public access to Martin's Beach, in San Mateo. Khosla has been also forced to begin a public process to consider the changes to the property and beach access.

"Today's court decision upholding the Coastal Act is an important victory for Martin's Beach and ultimately strengthens the publics right to beach access in California," says Angela Howe, Legal Director for the Surfrider Foundation.

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Great Barrier Reef: wave stopper

Scientists from the University of Southampton have concluded that the Great Barrier Reef is a truly effective wave absorber.

The largest coral reef system on Planet Earth extends 2,300 kilometers along the coast of Queensland, in Australia. It is a World Heritage Site since 1981.

A study led by five scientists proved that, despite large gaps between the reefs, the Great Barrier Reef dramatically reduces wave height landward of the coral line.

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Plastic bags: California is ready to stop them | Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

California is ready to ban single-use plastic shopping bags and put a fee on paper bags.

On the 29th August, 2014, the state legislature approved SB 270, the first bag ban bill to make it through in the USA.

The proposed law, which will also put a 10-cent fee on paper bags, will have to wait for a final signature by Governor Jerry Brown. "I probably will sign it, yes," he has already stated.

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