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: © Coastal Care.

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.

A Tsunami Sculpted Beach, Sermermiut Beach, Jacobshaven Icefjord World Heritage Site, South of Ilulissat, Western Greenland; By Harold R. Wanless And John C. Van Leer

A Tsunami Sculpted Beach, Sermermiut Beach, Jacobshaven Icefjord World Heritage Site, South of Ilulissat, Western Greenland; By Harold R. Wanless And John C. Van Leer

Sermermiut is a spectacular beach of gravel and sand studded with small to large chunks of ice stranded there by tsunamis created by the frequent breaking and rolling of nearby giant icebergs.

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.

Exploring Deep Sea Volcanoes off the Coast of Barbados: An Artist\'s Perspective

Exploring Deep Sea Volcanoes off the Coast of Barbados: An Artist's Perspective

Mary Edna Fraser, an artist known for her large-scale batiks on silk and illustrations of geology and geography, was invited on the Research Vessel Atlantis, to capture the essence of discovery as scientists mapped the seafloor. Image courtesy of © Mary Edna Fraser

California Coast From The Air: Images of a Changing Landscape

California Coast From The Air: Images of a Changing Landscape

In a state identified with change, California' s 1,100-mile coastline lives up to the reputation. Gary Griggs, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, has written many books about the California coast. The latest is California Coast from the Air, a collection of stunning aerial photographs of the state's coastline with captions by Griggs and Deepika Shrestha Ross.

Sunset at Deveraux Point

Sunset at Deveraux Point

Sunset at Deveraux Point, is an image from Chris Orwig.

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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Endless Erosion Battle a Matter of Money

Since the first federal beach renourishment project in 1969, 3 million cubic yards of sand have been pumped back onto the beach, and about $25 million in today’s dollars have been spent on Treasure Island, Florida, alone to fight a natural process that’s been happening for ages on barrier islands, researchers say.

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India To Fund Renewable Projects By Doubling Tax On Coal

India’s new finance minister, Arun Jaitley, has announced plans to increase funding on India’s vast clean energy and environmental projects, by doubling the tax on every metric tonne of coal.

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The Great American Oyster Collapse

Scientists have linked climate change and pollution of the world’s oceans to problems with oysters and corals, and there are still questions about how other species of ocean life will be affected.

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World Breaks Monthly Heat Record 2 Times in a Row; NOAA Report

According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest for June since record keeping began in 1880.

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What’s Behind Super Typhoon’s Rapid Intensification?

News
Jul
19

Three days after drenching the central Philippines in flooding rains, Typhoon Rammasun smashed into southeastern China and was still headed for northeastern Vietnam early on July 19, 2014. Rammasun approached the coast as a category 4 super typhoon and one of the strongest to hit China’s Hainan Province in 41 years.

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Plastic ‘Trash Islands’ Forming In Ocean Garbage Patch; Moore Live Webcast July 20th

News, Pollution
Jul
19

15 years after discovering what became known as ” the great Pacific garbage patch”, Capt. Charles Moore has returned to the garbage patch, and will report the staggering findings via a live satellite webcast on July 20th. He discovered a “trash island” more than 50 feet (15 meters) long, with “beaches,” a “rocky coastline,” and “underwater mountains” and reefs made up of ropes, buoys and other plastic debris…

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Sustainable Tourism Thrives in Philippines’ Largest Marine Sanctuary

In the last 10 years the number of tourists flocking to El Nido has more than tripled. In 2013 the famed marine sanctuary welcomed over 60,000 tourists to its white sand beaches, lush mangrove and ever-green forests, and magnificently sculpted jade islands. While tourism is a mainstay of the local economy, it is also an industry that is especially sensitive to reef conditions.

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Microplastics Worse For Crabs And Other Marine Life Than Previously Thought

The tiny plastic particles polluting our seas are not only orally ingested by marine creatures, but also enter their systems through their gills, according to a new study.

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Thousands Of Containers Fall Off Ships Every Year. What Happens To Them?

Inform, Pollution
Jul
17

It is estimated that thousands of containers are lost every year along international shipping routes due to big waves or wind gusts. Sometimes they wash up on shore, but what happens to the containers that land at the bottom of the sea? No one really knew.

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Climate Data From Air, Land, Sea And Ice In 2013 Reflect Trends Of a Warming Planet

In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators, greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc., continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released today. These findings reinforce what scientists for decades have observed.

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