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Pandemic side-effects offer glimpse of alternative future on Earth Day 2020

Pandemic side-effects offer glimpse of alternative future on Earth Day 2020

November 22, 2020 - the 50th Earth Day: While Trump plants a tree and Bono sings to Pope Francis, actors, musicians, activists, and people from all walks of life join an unprecedented (there’s that word again) all-day digital homage to our ...


Mysterious ghost boats full of corpses keep washing up in Japan

Mysterious ghost boats full of corpses keep washing up in Japan

We first ran this news story Christmas 2018 (and the boats are still turning up): Nearly 100 dilapidated wooden boats have washed ...

Ain't that peculiar - 1965 BBC footage

Ain't that peculiar - 1965 BBC footage "News From Australia”

Surfing and wedge-tail eagles? Why not. This mixed-tape Pom newsreel was ferreted from the bowels of British Pathe’s historical collection by PLB’s archive detective ...

Sea turtles thriving after beach closures

Sea turtles thriving after beach closures

Wildlife around the world is enjoying the lack of human activity due to coronavirus lockdowns, and sea turtles in Thailand are part ...

Only in Oz: Between a croc and a shark . . . and the shark jumps in the boat!

Only in Oz: Between a croc and a shark . . . and the shark jumps in the boat!

 A Queensland boy got more than he bargained for on a family fishing trip when a shark and crocodile came ...

“Fish People” – 48-minute film - free from Patagonia

“Fish People” – 48-minute film - free from Patagonia

Directed by Keith Malloy, Fishpeople tells the stories of a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. The film features ...

Human-sized giant jellyfish

Human-sized giant jellyfish

A wildlife expert and her photographer set off on an undersea adventure around the United Kingdom and what they witnessed ...

Dick Hoole recalls a time when Burleigh Heads was surfing's 'centre of the universe'

Dick Hoole recalls a time when Burleigh Heads was surfing's 'centre of the universe'

Flicking favourites - a news piece from this corresponding week last year: "It was like Young Talent Time, everyone was interested ...

How California kept ahead of the curve

How California kept ahead of the curve

From the BBC: After a resident of California died of coronavirus on 4 March, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of ...

Barz Kiama Floaters to the rescue – six pairs for our international subscribers!

Barz Kiama Floaters to the rescue – six pairs for our international subscribers!

Any regular reader of our mag will know we give away a top-end longboard to an Australian subscriber every issue, we’ve ...

Earth Challenge 2020 - world’s largest citizen science initiative for Earth Day – via smart phone

Earth Challenge 2020 - world’s largest citizen science initiative for Earth Day – via smart phone

Earth Challenge 2020 launched today marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - Wednesday April 22.  This project creates a global expansion ...

Virus? Burleigh and Gold Coast beaches busy for Easter

Virus? Burleigh and Gold Coast beaches busy for Easter

From 7 News: Queenslanders have flocked to the sand on Good Friday, with many seemingly unconcerned about following social distancing ...

Two surprising videos and a story from the Alpine Coast of Austria

Two surprising videos and a story from the Alpine Coast of Austria

Expat Australian John Chapman is a long-time reader of PLB who these days lives and works in Austria, and who ...

Time Capsule: The Nat, Bob and George at Noosa section from

Time Capsule: The Nat, Bob and George at Noosa section from "High On a Cool Wave"

Bob Evans’  classic fifth film. This short is from Australia’s National Film & Sound Archive: January 1968 - the clip and the curator’s ...

A six-minute visit to the recent past in San Sebastian and their annual single-fin classic

A six-minute visit to the recent past in San Sebastian and their annual single-fin classic

From Hawaii Donostia: “Ey brothers and sisters! We want to share with you our video of the Single Fin Classic ...

Wood boards and sweet waves - a 14-minute film from South Island, New Zealand – Xylo Woodcraft

Wood boards and sweet waves - a 14-minute film from South Island, New Zealand – Xylo Woodcraft

Film & edit by Jono Smit: “This is a story about developing a craft. Michael Gilling has been creating wooden ...

Sewage from San Onofre nuclear plant spills a mile out to sea

Sewage from San Onofre nuclear plant spills a mile out to sea

They’re dismantling the nuclear plant but it’s no easy job, and now 7000 gallons of jobbies have spilled into the ...

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