What the Sands Tell Us: a Look Back at Southeastern US Beaches; By Orrin H. Pilkey & William J. Neal

What the Sands Tell Us: a Look Back at Southeastern US Beaches; By Orrin H. Pilkey & William J. Neal

All beaches contain a variety of minerals, unique “suites”, which are like fingerprints in the sand—fingerprints that are clues as to where the sand came from.

California Coastal Armoring Report: Managing Coastal Armoring and Climate Change Adaptation in the 21st Century; Environment and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program, Stanford Law School*

California Coastal Armoring Report: Managing Coastal Armoring and Climate Change Adaptation in the 21st Century; Environment and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program, Stanford Law School*

In response to erosion and storm events, Californians have built seawalls, revetments, and other “coastal armoring” structures along significant portions of California’s coast. Coastal armoring now occupies more than 110 miles, or at least 10 percent, of the overall California coastline, including 33 percent of the southern California coastline. This coastal armoring has diminished California’s beaches and habitat, irreversibly altered bluffs, caused increased erosion to neighboring properties, and marred the natural beauty of the coast.

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.

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.

Let\'s Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona

Let's Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona

Denis Delestrac latest feature documentary, "Sand Wars" is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand! In this TEDxBarcelona talk, he explains us where sand comes from and where it ends up...

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.

Light Leak ; By Ray Collins

Light Leak ; By Ray Collins

Light Leak, is an image from Ray Collins.

Just Washed In

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California Coastal Armoring Report: Managing Coastal Armoring and Climate Change Adaptation in the 21st Century

In response to erosion and storm events, Californians have built seawalls, revetments, and other “coastal armoring” structures along significant portions of California’s coast. Coastal armoring now occupies more than 110 miles, or at least 10 percent, of the overall California coastline. This coastal armoring has diminished California’s beaches and habitat, irreversibly altered bluffs, caused increased erosion to neighboring properties, and marred the natural beauty of the coast.

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California Oil Spill Company Under Local, State and Federal Investigation

News, Pollution
May
23

Federal officials are investigating the company at the center of the Santa Barbara oil spill, which has left more than 11 miles of coastline covered with an oil slick…

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Two 6.8-Magnitude Quakes Strike off Solomon Islands

News
May
23

Two strong 6.8-magnitude earthquakes struck off the Solomon Islands early Saturday, USGS said, but there were no initial reports of damage and no tsunami warnings were issued.

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U.S. Oil Platform on Fire in Gulf of Mexico

News, Pollution
May
22

A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said.

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France and Florida Hit Reverse on Sinking Tyres for Artificial Reefs

News, Pollution
May
22

Lurking beneath the sparkling waves of the French Riviera resort of Cannes, are tens of thousands of now troublesome scrap tyres, sunk deliberately to boost marine development. While in the Atlantic, Florida officials have resumed raising some of the hundreds of thousands of tires dumped off its shores decades ago during an unsuccessful attempt to create an artificial reef.

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Sudden and Rapid Ice Loss Discovered in Antarctica

Scientists have observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica. This makes the region the second largest contributor to sea level rise in Antarctica and the ice loss shows no sign of waning.

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Hawaii’s Waimanalo Bay Beach Park tops Dr. Beach’s list

News
May
21

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park was named the top beach on an annual top 10 list of U.S. beaches compiled by a coastal science professor known as Dr. Beach.

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Fiji: Beach Erosion

Erosion, Inform
May
21

Like most of coastal Fiji, beach erosion is one of the biggest issues faced by villages in the Yasawa Group.

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Company Responsible for Santa Barbara County Oil Spill Had Numerous Safety, Maintenance Infractions: Report

News, Pollution
May
21

Pains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to federal records.

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State of Emergency Declared for Oil Spill Off Santa Barbara Coast

News, Pollution
May
21

The length grew from 4 miles to 9 overnight, an amount that was “more than we anticipated last night,” U.S Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams said.

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