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Three people die as Storm Ophelia batters Ireland and Britain

The Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, described Ophelia’s impact as a “national emergency.” He said it was the worst storm in Ireland in 50 years.

Sand becomes “increasingly scarce and expensive”

News, Sand Mining

A symposium taking place at Dutch Design Week later this month will discuss the rapid depletion of the world’s sand reserves, which could leave supplies of the high-quality sand used in the glass industry exhausted within 20 years.

Hurricane Ophelia strengthens to major Category 3 storm, barreling toward Ireland


Hurricane Ophelia has been upgraded to a Category 3 storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said late Saturday morning. Ophelia is now the farthest east an Atlantic major hurricane has existed on record.

Penguin catastrophe leaves thousands of chicks dead with only two survivors

A penguin colony in Antarctica has suffered a massive breeding failure, with only two chicks surviving the disaster. The World Wildlife Fund said unseasonably extensive amounts of sea ice around the colony in East Antarctica had forced the adult penguins to travel further than normal to forage for food.


There’s a new front in President Trump’s war on our environment: Alaska’s spectacular Bristol Bay. And if we don’t stop them, the resulting pollution and environmental destruction would be a catastrophe for the wildlife and communities that call Bristol Bay home.

Hurricane Ophelia: what a tropical storm is doing in Europe?

Category 2 hurricane Ophelia is on a path that could eventually take it over Ireland by early next week as an extratropical storm. Ophelia’s destination isn’t unprecedented, but the storm is still raising eyebrows…

How a worldwide sand shortage could impact the design world

News, Sand Mining

Later this month, Dutch Design Week will host a symposium entitled “The Abundance and Scarcity of Sand.” Notable speakers include geologist and author Michael Welland, as well as Denis Delestrac, whose 2013 documentary, Sand Wars, showcased the lengths that contractors and smugglers alike will go to hoard and sell a commodity second only to freshwater, in terms of consumption.

Scientists develop tool which can predict coastal erosion and recovery in extreme storms

Erosion, News

The damage caused to beaches by extreme storms on exposed energetic coastlines and the rate at which they recover can now be accurately predicted thanks to new research led by the University of Plymouth.

French beaches’ sand for sale illegally on internet

Sand Mining

A french mayor discovered that sand from the town’s local beach, was for sale on the internet. Maybe rather inconspicuous at first glance, this occurence instead reveals far deeper tensions related to the exploitation of this finite ressources.

As Trump Retreats, States Are Joining Forces on Climate Action

Despite the Trump administration’s environmental rollback, U.S. states are forging ahead with initiatives to combat climate change. Now, a coalition of states – from California to Colorado to North Carolina – are banding together to slash emissions and boost renewable energy.

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