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.

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.

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

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.

Sunset at Deveraux Point

Sunset at Deveraux Point

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

Just Washed In

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Thousands Of Blue Sea Creatures Called Velella Velellas Wash Ashore In California

The jellyfish-like invertebrates rarely washe ashore before the end of their lifespan. So when thousands of the tiny blue sea creatures recently turned up, en masse, on beaches in central California, many were surprised to see such a large amount of the beached marine life.

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Plastic, Poverty And Pollution In China’s Recycling Dead Zone

Inform, Pollution
Jul
31

Adam Minter, Bloomberg’s Shanghai correspondent, visited Wen’an, once at the heart of the global scrap plastic trade. In a never-before published extract from his book, “Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade,” he describes the effects on workers’ health, and pollution incurred.

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Coral Miles Away Still Show Effects Years After BP Oil Spill

Four years after a BP oil rig exploded and flooded the Gulf of Mexico with an estimated 170 million gallons of oil, scientists have discovered further evidence of coral communities affected by this environmental disaster..

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10 Hidden Beaches, Bays And Walks On The UK Coastline

Celebrate, Inform
Jul
31

The British coast is dotted with magical spots few people visit or even know about. Here are 10 of the best.

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Huge Waves Measured For First Time in Arctic Ocean

A University of Washington researcher made the first study of waves in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, and detected house-sized waves during a September 2012 storm.

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Hawaii: Climate Wipeout

A new video series that depicts Americans living on the front lines of climate change zooms in on one of our favorite vacation spots.

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Nesting Gulf Sea Turtles Feed in Waters Filled With Threats

Nesting loggerhead sea turtles in the northern Gulf of Mexico feed among areas that were oiled by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and where human activities occur, several of which are known to pose threats to sea turtles, a new U.S Geological study showed.

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Pacific Ocean Garbage Swirls Predictably, A Video

Films, Pollution
Jul
30

The ‘Pacific Garbage Patch’, including debris from the 2011 Japanese Tsunami, travels in seasonal patterns. Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team’s (COASST) executive director Julia Parrish explains the patterns and how her organization is helping to mitigate the problem.

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Standford’s Searsville Dam Spurs Debate

Erosion, News
Jul
29

Stanford University is finding itself at the center of an unlikely environmental battle. It centers on an aging dam and the barrier it creates for native fish.

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Beach Erosion Again Exposes Concrete at Kuhio Beach, Hawaii

It was just last October that beach erosion exposed an area of concrete along Kuhio Beach. Nine months later, it has happened again.

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