Trashy wave: prize winner

The most popular float at this year's Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade was made out of trash. Andre Faubert, a Huntington Beach resident and volunteer for the Surfrider Foundation Huntington Beach/Seal Beach Chapter, spent one month gathering trash for one hour a day along the city's shoreline.

By the time he finished, he had collected more than 580 pounds of garbage, including bottle caps, plastic bags and Styrofoam which he used to create a visual demonstration of the devastating effects of litter on our oceans.

Not only did Faubert make an impression on all those who attended the parade, but the chapter and the float took home the first place prize.

Bali Clean-up: in relax mode

The "Bali’s Big Eco Weekend" is about to kick off from July 1st-3rd, in Indonesia. The event has been created by Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia and Quiksilver Indonesia.

The goal is to generate support and encourage environmental sustainability at Bali’s first ever community environmental conference, the Bali Clean and Green Stakeholder Networking and Solution Forum.

"Bali is one of our most loved destinations and anyone heading over for the holidays has the chance to immerse themselves in the activities over the Big Eco Weekend – which include cleaning the beaches, watching the surfing events and releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean", says Sally Loane from the organization of the event.

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Oceans: not as healthy as they should be

The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to scientists of the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO). Ocean life is "at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history".

Over-fishing, pollution and climate change are acting together in ways that have not previously been recognised, experts can confirm. The impacts, they say, are already affecting humanity.

"The findings are shocking," said Alex Rogers, IPSO's scientific director and professor of conservation biology at Oxford University. "As we considered the cumulative effect of what humankind does to the oceans, the implications became far worse than we had individually realised.

"We've sat in one forum and spoken to each other about what we're seeing, and we've ended up with a picture showing that almost right across the board we're seeing changes that are happening faster than we'd thought, or in ways that we didn't expect to see for hundreds of years."

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