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.

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.

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

"The Last Beach" is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time. The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores.

Dauphin Island, AL ; by George Crozier & John Dindo

Dauphin Island, AL ; by George Crozier & John Dindo

Dauphin Island is a “drumstick” shaped barrier island (16miles/26 km) on the western side of the main pass at Mobile Bay about 48 km (30 miles) south of Mobile, Alabama. The relationship between the east end of the island and the ebb tidal delta, referred to as the “Sand Island/Pelican Island” complex, is extraordinarily dynamic and complex.

Our Ocean Backyard - Collected Essays; A Book by Gary Griggs

Our Ocean Backyard - Collected Essays; A Book by Gary Griggs

For the three billion people on Earth who live in coastal regions, the ocean is figuratively, if not literally, "our backyard." The oceans enrich our lives in countless ways, but our interactions with them have not always been positive. Gary Griggs, a coastal geologist and oceanographer, is known for making science understandable, enjoyable, and accessible to non-scientists, was asked to write a bi-weekly column, "Our Ocean Backyard" for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

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: ©© Bastian

Art Lost; by David Kassman

Art Lost; by David Kassman

Art Lost is an image from David Kassman.

Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

To those of us who visit beaches only in summer, they seem as permanent a part of our natural heritage as the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes. But shore dwellers know differently. Beaches are the most transitory of landscapes, and sand beaches the most vulnerable of all.

Just Washed In

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Aboriginal Knowledge Could Unlock Climate Solutions

Environmental and Indigenous groups are urging the government to create new partnerships with indigenous Australians in climate adaptation and mitigation policies and also to tap into indigenous knowledge of natural resource management. A number of indigenous communities live in low-lying areas near wetlands, estuaries and river systems, and have lived in harmony with the land for generations.

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Oil Spill in Bangladesh’s Unique Mangrove Forest

On December 12, three days after a cargo vessel collided with a tanker, oil coats mangrove trees in the Sundarbans, a delta that forms the world’s largest contiguous tidal mangrove forest—a haven for a spectacular diversity of animals. More than 90,000 gallons of oil have spilled into the rivers and creeks of the region.

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The Largest Vessel the World Has Ever Seen

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Dec
16

Painted a brilliant red, Prelude – a staggering 488m long vessel – looms over the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on Geoje Island in South Korea. Under construction for the energy giant Shell, the dimensions of the vessel are striking in their own right, but also as evidence of the sheer determination of the oil and gas industry to open up new sources of fuel.

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International Law Stays Silent on the Responsibility for Climate Change

The world of international law is behaving as though the problem of climate change does not exist. The weak legal response to climate change means that big polluters are getting off lightly.

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Climate Change Takes A Village

Erosion, Inform
Dec
16

As the planet warms, a remote Alaskan town shows just how unprepared we are.

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Models of Greenland Ice Melting Could Be Way Off

Existing computer models may be severely underestimating the risk to Greenland’s ice sheet — which would add 20 feet to sea levels if it all melted — from warming temperatures, according to two studies released Monday.

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World’s Beaches Being Washed Away Due to Coastal Development

From Florida to the Costa del Sol, costly sea defences are accelerating beach erosion and will ultimately fail to protect coastal towns and cities from rising tides, say experts Andrew Cooper and Orrin Pilkey in a new book “The Last Beach.”

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A Decade After Asian Tsunami, New Forests Protect the Coast

Inform
Dec
14

The tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004 obliterated vast areas of Aceh province. But villagers there are using an innovative microcredit scheme to restore mangrove forests and other coastal ecosystems that will serve as a natural barrier against future killer waves and storms.

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Italy at Night

Inform
Dec
14

On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines…

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UN Climate Talks Deadlocked Over Scope Of Pledges

Already well into overtime, U.N. climate talks reached a standstill Saturday as developing countries rejected a draft deal they said would allow rich countries to shirk their responsibilities to fight global warming and pay for its impacts.

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