Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks

A Global Environmental Alert on sand mining published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Sand Wars movie, directed by Denis Delestrac, expressly inspired the UNEP to publish this report.

Action Climate

Action Climate

Action Climate is an image from HA Schult.

Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!

Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!

We urge you to become part of the movement by signing the petition to end beach sand mining.

Sand Beaches Of The Northeast Coast Of Saudi Arabia

Sand Beaches Of The Northeast Coast Of Saudi Arabia

The purpose of this discussion is to describe the geomorphology and dynamic coastal processes of the sand beaches along the northeast coast of Saudi Arabia. The study area extends from the Kuwait border to the southern end of Abu Ali. This is, in effect, the shoreline oiled during the Gulf War oil spill of 1991, the largest oil spill in history. By Miles O. Hayes and Jacqueline Michel.

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land. Featured image: "Extremely littered beach in northern Norway," by ©© Bo Eide.

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.

North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving; A Video

North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving; A Video

World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey takes us to the beach and explains why erosion has become a problem.

Just Washed In

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Army Corps Beach Erosion Fix Would Cost $43.4M

The Army Corps of Engineers said it will be expensive to fix beach erosion problems along Flagler County’s shoreline, Florida.

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New Hurricane Forecast Will Emphasize Storm Surge Preparation With Flood Risk Map

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Apr
16

When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges.

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Air Pollution Over Asia Influences Global Weather, Strengthening Pacific Storms

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Apr
16

In the first study of its kind, scientists have compared air pollution rates from 1850 to 2000 and found that anthropogenic (human-made) particles from Asia impact the Pacific storm track that can influence weather over much of the world.

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Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change

For centuries, the over 8 km of beaches in Cahuita, Costa Rica, have provided a nesting ground for four endangered species of sea turtle. But there is an “enemy” that conservation efforts can’t fight: the beaches themselves are shrinking.

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Climate Action Is An Opportunity, Not a Burden!

At the end of its week-long meeting in Berlin, the IPCC, which brings together the world’s top energy and climate experts, concluded that preventing catastrophic climate change requires an urgent and fundamental transformation of energy systems around the world.

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Cost Of Fighting Warming Modest, Says UN Panel

The cost of keeping global warming in check is “relatively modest,” but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.’s expert panel on climate change said.

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Dorset Coastal Erosion: Nature Should Be Allowed To Take Its Course

The National Trust has suggested that the best strategy in some cases is simply to allow nature to run its course…

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Ocean Acidification Robs Reef Fish Of Their Fear Of Predators

Research on the behavior of coral reef fish at naturally-occurring carbon dioxide seeps in Milne Bay in eastern Papua New Guinea has shown that continuous exposure to increased levels of carbon dioxide dramatically alters the way fish respond to predators.

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On Fracking Front, A Push To Reduce Leaks of Methane

Scientists, engineers, and government regulators are increasingly turning their attention to solving one of the chief environmental problems associated with fracking for natural gas and oil – significant leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

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7.6 Quake Rocks Solomon Islands; Tsunami Warning Cancelled

News
Apr
12

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the Solomon Islands Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, and tsunami warnings were issued for the island chain and its neighbors.

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