Kauai: GMOs and pesticides are dangerous | Photo: Surfrider

In 2013, Kauai adopted Ordinance 960 to protect the health and welfare of its people and natural environment, including its renowned shorelines, from problems associated with pesticide exposure.

But five seed companies - Syngenta Seeds, Syngenta Hawaii, Pioneer, Agrigenetics and BASF - fought the bill, and the district court found state law preempted the ordinance.

Now, Surfrider Foundation, Earthjustice, Center for Food Safety, Pesticide Action Network and Ka Makani Ho'opono are appealing the decision.

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Oceans: temperatures keep rising

Ocean temperatures have reached unprecedented and historical levels, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA has revealed that, in August 2014, global sea surface temperature was 0.65°C (1.17°F) above the 20th century average of 16.4°C (61.4°F).

The historic number means that the rise in the temperature of the oceans is deeply affecting the health of marine ecosystems.

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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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