Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks

A Global Environmental Alert on sand mining published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Sand Wars movie, directed by Denis Delestrac, expressly inspired the UNEP to publish this report.

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.

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.

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: "Extremely littered beach in northern Norway," by ©© Bo Eide.

Action Climate

Action Climate

Action Climate is an image from HA Schult.

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.

Sand Beaches Of The Northeast Coast Of Saudi Arabia

Sand Beaches Of The Northeast Coast Of Saudi Arabia

The purpose of this discussion is to describe the geomorphology and dynamic coastal processes of the sand beaches along the northeast coast of Saudi Arabia. The study area extends from the Kuwait border to the southern end of Abu Ali. This is, in effect, the shoreline oiled during the Gulf War oil spill of 1991, the largest oil spill in history. By Miles O. Hayes and Jacqueline Michel.

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.

Just Washed In

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“The Earth Is What We All Have In Common”

It’s not enough to have Earth Day once per year. The “Earth Day” phenomenon needs to become a way of life

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Happy Earth Day. We Just Reached Another Scary Climate Change Milestone

In May 2013, it was big news when, for the first time, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million. Now, researchers say that number has been consistently above 400 for the last month…

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Earth Day 2014: How It Became a Global Environmental Event

Celebrate, Inform
Apr
21

More than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2014—the 44th anniversary of the annual day of action, during which people engage in various activities in honour of the Mother Earth pledging to do something to protect the environment.

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Four Years after BP Oil Disaster Many Lessons Remain Unlearned

The BP oil spill, often called the worst man-made environmental disaster of our time, first began four years ago today, on April 20, 2010. The oil that spewed into the Gulf was an unprecedented environmental disaster that continues to devastate local communities. It will be years before we understand the full extent of the damage…

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Painting with Islands and Sunglint

Celebrate, Inform
Apr
19

Sometimes the imagery is remarkable simply for its beauty. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite looked down on the Lesser Antilles, the combination of sunlight, islands, and wind painted a beautiful scene on the surface of the Caribbean Sea.

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Arctic Oil: It Is Madness to Celebrate a New Source of Fossil Fuels

News, Pollution
Apr
18

After months of delays, Russian state-owned oil and gas company Gazprom has announced that the first ever shipment of oil from offshore Arctic waters has begun the journey to Europe.

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Japan Will Conduct Pacific Whale Hunt In Wake Of Court Ruling

Japan said it would conduct a sharply scaled down form of its annual Northwest Pacific whaling campaign this year despite an international court ruling last month against the mainstay of its whaling program in the Antarctic.

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Keep Shell Oil Out Of The Arctic!

Be the change: Keep Shell Oil Out Of The Arctic! A NRDC call to action, supported by Robert Redford.

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DamNation; a Documentary That’s Testing the Waters of Corporate Social Responsibility

Erosion, Films, News
Apr
18

DamNation is a feature documentary, shown this week at SXSW in Austin, Tx. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

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Saving Caribbean Tourism from the Sea

Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches, and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them, from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival.

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