Mentwai tsunami: your help is very important

A massive storm has moved into the Mentawai region making tsunami relief work even more difficult - and life more miserable for the local villagers who are living in makeshift shelters.

The storm is forecast to last up to four days and is creating hazardous ocean conditions - for both the 150-kilometre crossing from Padang and access to the isolated villages.

The latest report from the government command post in Sikakap, the main town in the Southern Mentawai, says that 23,087 people are now either displaced from their homes or affected by the tsunami.

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Marine Protected Areas: congrats, Surfrider

After two years of planning, the Fish and Game Commission will adopt a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Southern California.

MPAs areas act as refuges that allow marine life to replenish fish populations and healthy habitats.

Surfrider has spent the past two years working with diverse stakeholders to help establish MPAs in the region.

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Oil rigs: when will they be closed?

On Sunday, the BP well that fed the largest offshore oil spill in America's history was officially pronounced "dead," with no chance of further leaks.

While we are happy to report that a single drop will never again leak from this well, we find it appropriate to break down the Gulf oil spill by the numbers (as reported by the Los Angeles Times).

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