Corals are in danger

We all know our oceans are in trouble, but that trouble is coming on faster than some feared.

Last week, two dozen coral reef specialists and climate change experts addressed a meeting in London to discuss the fate of our coral reef systems.

They announced their prediction that carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere will reach 450 parts per million by the year 2050.

Since the oceans absorb these gases and become more acidic as a result, this predicted pace will soon wipe out all coral reefs in existence.

The reefs don't just attract under sea inhabitants and human visitors, they're also one of the ocean's biggest life forces and a potential storehouse of human medicines. Losing them could have unimaginable repercussions.

"The kitchen is on fire and it's spreading around the house," said Alex Rogers of the Zoological Society of London and the International Program on the State of the Ocean. "If we act quickly and decisively we may be able to put it out before the damage becomes irreversible."

2009 SAS Barefoot Friendly Beach Cleaning Tour

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) has once again teamed up with Barefoot wine for their nationwide beach clean-up tour this summer. The SAS team will visit 6 beaches around the UK and everyone's welcome to help.

Whether you're a part of the local community or you just fancy rolling up your sleeves and getting involved, SAS and Barefoot need your help make our British beaches 'Barefoot Friendly'.

This year the SAS Barefoot Friendly Beach Cleaning Tour will be visiting:

Newquay on 29th July
Croyde on 30th July
Bournemouth on 31st July
Llangennith on 1st August
Saltburn-by-Sea on 2nd August
Brighton on 3rd August
The 2009 campaign builds on the successes of last year's SAS Barefoot Friendly tour efforts where over 400 people took part to help remove over 1 tonne of litter from the British coastline.

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More than 350 surfers paddle out to defend Broadbench wave in Kimmeridge Bay

Surfers Against Sewage’s (SAS) new campaign Protect Our Waves (POW) had it’s first action today, The Gathering, a mass paddle out, in association with local campaign group Access BroadBench Association (ABBA).

Over 350 surfers from across the nation joined SAS and ABBA and paddled out at Kimmeridge Bay on International Surfing Day. The action called on the Secretary of State for Defence to allow surfers’ access to Broadbench, a special wave found on the outer boundary of a Ministry of Defence (MoD) firing range.   

Broadbench is a quality wave in Kimmeridge Bay, described by many as one of Britain’s best.  Unfortunately it falls right on the outer boundary of a MoD firing range.  SAS are not asking the MoD to reduce their use of this important firing range. However, SAS believe there is a compromise that will ensure surfers and waveriders can have 100% access to Broadbench without impacting on the MoD’s full use of the firing range. 

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