Dauphin Island, AL ; by George Crozier & John Dindo

Dauphin Island, AL ; by George Crozier & John Dindo

Dauphin Island is a “drumstick” shaped barrier island (16miles/26 km) on the western side of the main pass at Mobile Bay about 48 km (30 miles) south of Mobile, Alabama. The relationship between the east end of the island and the ebb tidal delta, referred to as the “Sand Island/Pelican Island” complex, is extraordinarily dynamic and complex.

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: ©© Bastian

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.

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.

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"Stop Confusing Coasts with Shores"; By John R. Gillis

We have gotten into the habit of using the terms coast and shore interchangeably. But there is a difference, and it is not just semantic.

Art Lost; by David Kassman

Art Lost; by David Kassman

Art Lost is an image from David Kassman.

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.

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

"The Last Beach" is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time. The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores.

Just Washed In

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Mediterranean Meteorological Tide Has Increased by over a Millimeter a Year Since 1989

A new database developed provides information on sea level variation due to atmospheric changes in the south of Europe between 1948 and 2009. Over the last two decades sea levels have increased in the Mediterranean basin.

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The Living, Breathing Ocean

Inform
Nov
27

The ocean is a complex ecosystem. The ocean carbon cycle is governed by the relationship among carbon, nutrients and oxygen, and the ratio between certain elements is key to understanding ocean respiration.

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Modeling the Past to Understand the Future of a Stronger El Niño

It was fishermen off the coast of Peru who first recognized the anomaly, hundreds of years ago. Every so often, their usually cold, nutrient-rich water would turn warm and the fish they depended on would disappear. Then there was the ceaseless rain. They called it “El Nino.

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EU Takes Legal Action Against Controversial French Dam

Erosion, News
Nov
26

The European commission has sent France a final notice to explain how it can reconcile EU environmental law with a proposed dam project that sparked riots.

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Women on the Edge of Land and Life

November is the cruelest month for landless families in the Indian Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world lying primarily in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

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56 Countries Seek Carbon Capture Incentives In Next UN Climate Deal

Delegates from almost 200 nations will meet in Peru next month to work on the accord, amid new scientific warnings about risks of floods, heatwaves, ocean acidification and rising seas.

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Vietnam Seizes Over 1,000 Dead Endangered Sea Turtles

Vietnam’s environmental police have seized a record haul of over 1,000 endangered sea turtles which were being prepared for illegal export to China…

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An Incredibly Rare Stone Age Find

Inform
Nov
25

Archaeologists in Denmark have uncovered an incredibly rare find: a 5,500-year-old Neolithic axe held within its wooden handle. The archaeologists suggest that the Neolithic communities of south Lolland may have been using the coast as an offering area.

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Gated Communities on the Water Aggravate Flooding in Argentina

The construction of gated communities on wetlands and floodplains in Greater Buenos Aires has modified fragile ecosystems and water cycles and has aggravated flooding.

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6 Years After Hurricane Ike, Texas Coast Remains Vulnerable

The paralysis in Texas reflects a troubling truth: The United States lacks a unified national response to the threat posed by rising sea levels.

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