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“Rezoning” in Brazil Opens Endangered Atlantic Forest to Development

The already-vanishing Mata Atlântica, or Atlantic Forest, of southeastern Brazil is being prepared for auction under the government’s Ecological-Economic Zoning program. Previously protected costal lands are opened up for the construction of homes and businesses. Section of Ubatuba that borders Paraty, Rio de Janeiro is predicted to see an increase in construction of up to 50 percent.

Surveillance system, special squads to stop beach mineral mining; India

News, Sand Mining
Feb
26

Deployment of sand mining surveillance system and patrol by special squads along coastal districts, especially those rich with major minerals, are some of the steps contemplated by Tamil Nadu government to prevent plunder of major minerals in the four southernmost coastal districts.

Plan for the recovery of beaches, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

Erosion, News
Feb
25

The government of Quintana Roo has announced a program to rehabilitate and maintain the state’s beaches, which in some areas are losing between two and six meters of sand every year. Ecology and Environment Secretary said the investment would begin with restoring reefs and beach vegetation to combat erosion.

Caspian Sea: Largest Inland Body of Water

Inform
Feb
25

The Caspian Sea is the Earth’s largest inland body of water. Despite its name, it can be called either a lake or a sea. The question of whether it is a lake or a sea has political and economic ramifications. If the Caspian Sea is a lake, then the United Nations and international law have no control over its waters. If it is a sea, international organizations can have input on its use.

Shark sightings cause southern Calif. beaches to close

News
Feb
25

Swimmers and surfers have been ordered out of the water at two Southern California beaches after a pair of great white sharks were spotted near shore.

From forest to beach, North Carolina

The Outer Banks is moving. For at least 4,000 years it has been steadily creeping closer to the continental United States.

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

News, Pollution
Feb
23

UN Environment launched today an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022.

Air pollution may have masked mid-20th Century sea ice loss

Humans may have been altering Arctic sea ice longer than previously thought, according to researchers studying the effects of air pollution on sea ice growth in the mid-20th Century.

TripAdvisor names the world’s best beach in 2017 Traveler’s Choice ranking

Celebrate, News
Feb
22

TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards, the annual list of the world’s best beaches, voted for by holidaymakers, has been revealed.

Only 14% of plastics are recycled – can tech innovation tackle the rest?

News, Pollution
Feb
22

The world recycles just 14% of the plastic packaging it uses. Even worse: 8m tons of plastic, much of it packaging, ends up in the oceans each year. 30% (by weight) of the plastic packaging isn’t recycled because the material is contaminated or too small for easy collection, has very low economic value or contains multiple materials that cannot be easily separated.

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