Stig Severinsen: the man who doesn't breathe

In 2012, Stig Severinsen, the "human dolphin," broke the record for the longest time breath held underwater, in a London pool.

The man who doesn't breathe spent 22 minutes submerged using a special technique that he has been developing for ten years. But he has done more.

The 41-year-old Danish also holds the record for the longest underwater swim, that is 500 feet (152 meters and 40 centimeters) completed in two minutes and 11 seconds, in a frozen lake in East Greenland.

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Styrofoam container: banned from Washington DC

The citizens of Washington, D.C. will no longer see styrofoam containers in their daily lives. The City Council passed the "Sustainable D.C. Omnibus Act of 2014."

As of January 1, 2016, D.C. restaurants, supermarkets and food trucks will no longer be allowed to give customers single-use serving containers made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. Meat trays in grocery stores will be exempt.

Because EPS is more than 95 percent air, these products break apart easily, never biodegrade and litter parks, streets, river, lakes and oceans.

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Surfing: untreated human sewage is killing our spots | Photo: Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has launched a real-time water quality app that protects all water users from pollution.

The Safer Seas Service is a pioneering free service that sends alerts to water users when sewer overflows discharge untreated human sewage into the sea, and when water quality is reduced by diffuse pollution at 315 beaches across England and Wales.

Surfers Against Sewage is basically doing what the government should do for all citizens. The best British surf spots are, many times, threatened by dangerous diffuse pollution, the term given to pollution from multiple, often unidentified sources.

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