Plastic bags: a threaten to the natural world

Plastic bags are losing the battle against Nature, with the precious help of world citizens and non-governmental organizations.

The plastic ban hype is spreading quickly, for the sake of Planet Earth and future generations. In San Francisco, Judge Teri L. Jackson confirmed the extension of the city ban on plastic checkout bags to all retail stores and restaurants.

The "Save the Plastic Bag Coalition", an association of plastic bag manufacturers and distributors brought suit to invalidate the law, arguing that the City had not properly complied with provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act and that the California Retail Food Code preempts the law because prohibitions on plastic bags for retail food facilities amount to a "health and sanitation standard."

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Ocean Health Index: measuring the quality of our waters

The world's first Ocean Health Index will measure the oceans and how people use them, with goal score of 100.

A team of collaborators from universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies has produced the first Ocean Health Index. Building the Index was a complicated task involving over 60 experts working in different parts of the world.

The Index can be used globally, regionally or for an individual bay. It allows for direct comparison across different aspects of ocean health and different locations in a way that is not possible with current assessment tools.

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Laguna Niguel: protected by the surf industry

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) has raised more than $6.2 million for environmental groups, in the past 23 years.

The official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers, founded in 1989, has been supporting organizations that protect the world's oceans, beaches and waves.

The 23rd Annual Waterman’s Weekend, held at the Ritz-Carlton, in Laguna Niguel, raised more than $400,000 to help defend surf breaks locally in Orange County and around the world.

"This year, we are extremely honored to pay tribute to Shane Dorian, Jean-Michel Cousteau and the much loved, late Sean Collins as they are members of our tribe who have helped change the face of our sport, industry and ocean environment", explains Paul Naude, SIMA Environmental Fund President.

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