Posts in Environment

Warriewood STP discharge Warning

Posted on June 4th, 2016 in Environment.

You really shouldn’t be contemplating getting in the water right now… particularly at Warriewood…

Received at 1430 on Sat 20.6.16, from Sydney Water to RealSurf on behalf of Surfrider Foundation:

Partially treated discharge at Warriewood WWTP at 1428 4/6/16. Flows receiving wet weather treatment.

Giant cruise ship harbour proposed for… Tugun (bye-bye Kirra!)

Posted on July 29th, 2012 in Environment, Top stories.

How to destroy Kirra

According to this story on, billionaire Bob Ell has a wizard plan to improve the coastline of Tugun. He reckons that what the place needs is a massive offshore cruise ship terminal, mooring for lots of boats, three hotels and a casino.

The vision splendid also includes “a water park, an underwater observatory, new North Kirra surf club and a superyacht marina”.

The impact on Kirra’s prospects for recovery as a surf break are not mentioned in the report, but it’s hard to see how the northerly sand movement won’t be stopped more or less dead on the southern side where Kirra is (was).

What could possibly go wrong?

Historic Opportunity to Protect the Coral Sea

Posted on February 15th, 2012 in Can you help?, Environment, Good causes, News Stories, Opinion, People who surf, Surfrider Foundation, Top stories.

Friends of RealSurf,

The good folks at Protect Our Coral Sea have contacted us about a petition they are running which is aimed at getting the Federal Government to include important reefs in the proposed management plan. It’s very easy to make yourself heard on this one!

The Coral Sea is a tropical marine jewel which lies east of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It’s one of the last places on Earth where large marine animals can still be found in great numbers.
The government’s draft plan for this iconic area leaves the majority of species-rich coral reefs, important breeding sites open to fishing.
Right now the federal government is considering the fate of Australia’s Coral Sea.

If the petition widget isn’t showing below on your web browser, please just click here to visit Protect Our Coral Sea where you’ll find it on the front page.

Work for Surfrider Foundation!

Posted on September 28th, 2011 in Environment, Good causes, Surfrider Foundation, Top stories.


Coolest Jobs on the Coast!

Surfrider Foundation is seeking 2 people for our Avalon National HQ, to help us protect Australia’s waves and beaches. We are NFP organisation with 23 volunteer-based branches around Australia.

Operation Manager (30 hrs/wk)

The Operations Manager reports to the Board as the senior employee responsible for running our National Office. This is a challenging and rewarding role, requiring excellent administrative and management skills.

Applications close October 7 2011

Partnership Manager (20 hrs/wk)

The Partnerships Manager is responsible for building relationships with donors, sponsors, government and grand bodies, and developing related marketing and environmental campaigns with our branches.

Applications close October 14 2011

For more info and job descriptions visit

Sea Shepherd Fundraiser Film Night Manly Sun 16/10

Posted on September 27th, 2011 in Environment, Good causes, Top stories.

Surfrider Beach Clean-up: Sth Curly, SUN 15 May at 0830

Posted on May 11th, 2011 in Environment, For the Diary, Good causes, Top stories.

Grab your heavy gloves and join the Surfrider northern beaches crew for some beach cleaning activity at South Curl Curl this SUNDAY from 0830. Look for the Surfrider tent in the green space at South Curly where there’ll be bags and so on.
Questions? Contact Nick Mercer on 0410903712 or email him at nicholas.mercer[at]

Surfrider Northern Beaches
Surfrider Foundation Australia

Food Prices and Oil Prices

Posted on February 10th, 2011 in Environment.

Not surfing-related, but interesting (to your webmaster, anyway).

Found this page by a guy named Paul Chefurka last night while browsing… worrisome… sadly.

Just for grins, I recently took the ten most recent years of world Food Price Index data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the monthly average oil price from the US Energy Information Agency (EIA), and plotted them together. I’d never seen this done before, and I was interested to know if there was any correlation. Here’s the graph:

The thing that stunned me was the closeness of the correlation. For you math geeks, the correlation coefficient of the two data sets is 0.93!

The next thing that’s fascinating is that changes in the Food Price Index appear to lead changes in the price of oil by a few months. Since food prices don’t drive oil prices as far as I know, this implies that they are both responding to the same underlying situation, but that food prices are a more sensitive indicator.

The last thing that I noticed is the behaviour of food and oil prices in the last six months. The sharp rise in food prices is being noticed in the media now, but the graph hints that the story is just beginning.

Paul Chefurka
November 17, 2010
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The Duke’s Day and Surfrider Beach clean-up at Freshy Sat 15/1/2011

Posted on January 14th, 2011 in Environment, Freshwater, Good causes, Surfrider Foundation.

The organisers of the Duke’s Day say it will be a combination sustainability expo and fun events celebration and fundraiser for the Freshy SLSC. Surfrider Foundation will be on hand to conduct a beach clean up from about 0800 to 1000, so if you’re out and about on the day, say hi.

Sea Level rise impact on Sydney: SMH

Posted on December 16th, 2010 in Environment, News Stories, Top stories.

Many of today’s groms will see this happen in their lifetime..

Amplify’d from

Rising sea levels will swamp parts of Sydney


December 16, 2010

A NUMBER of Sydney suburbs will be inundated regularly because of climate change-driven sea-level rises, threatening homes and community infrastructure worth billion of dollars by the end of the century, new projections show.

In the first detailed attempt to study the impacts of sea-level rises on low-lying coastal areas and help local government planning, the government has released high-resolution maps that show the areas in Sydney and the central coast most under threat from sea-level rises.

Sydney suburbs facing significant danger of inundation, even with limited rises, include Caringbah, Kurnell, Cromer and Manly Vale. Significant parts of Newcastle and the central coast are also potentially in harm’s way.


An Ominous Warning on the Effects of Ocean Acidification by Carl Zimmer: Yale Environment 360

Posted on November 13th, 2010 in Environment, News Stories, Top stories.

Um, this isn’t good.

In an article published in Nature Geoscience by
Andy Ridgwell and Daniela N. Schmidt from the University of Bristol, the world’s oceans are acidifying 10x faster than they did 55 million years ago when there was a mass marine species extinction event.
You’ll never guess what’s causing it…

In his summary of the article*published on Yale University’s environment360 site, science writer Carl Zimmer writes:

When we humans burn fossil fuels, we pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, where the gas traps heat. But much of that carbon dioxide does not stay in the air. Instead, it gets sucked into the oceans. If not for the oceans, climate scientists believe that the planet would be much warmer than it is today. Even with the oceans’ massive uptake of CO2, the past decade was still the warmest since modern record-keeping began. But storing carbon dioxide in the oceans may come at a steep cost: It changes the chemistry of seawater.

From: An Ominous Warning on the Effects of Ocean Acidification by Carl Zimmer: Yale Environment 360.

*Original citation:

Past constraints on the vulnerability of marine calcifiers to massive carbon dioxide release

Andy Ridgwell & Daniela N. Schmidt

Increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in sea water are driving a progressive acidification of the ocean1. Although the associated changes in the carbonate chemistry of surface and deep waters may adversely affect marine calcifying organisms2, 3, 4, current experiments do not always produce consistent results for a given species5. Ocean sediments record past biological responses to transient greenhouse warming and ocean acidification. During the Palaeocene–Eocene thermal maximum, for example, the biodiversity of benthic calcifying organisms decreased markedly6, 7, whereas extinctions of surface dwellers were very limited8, 9. Here we use the Earth system model GENIE-1 to simulate and compare directly past and present environmental changes in the marine realm. In our simulation of future ocean conditions, we find an undersaturation with respect to carbonate in the deep ocean that exceeds that experienced during the Palaeocene–Eocene thermal maximum and could endanger calcifying organisms. Furthermore, our simulations show higher rates of environmental change at the surface for the future than the Palaeocene–Eocene thermal maximum, which could potentially challenge the ability of plankton to adapt.