St. Ninian\'s Tombolo, Shetland, Scotland; By Norma Longo

St. Ninian's Tombolo, Shetland, Scotland; By Norma Longo

Despite its icy temperatures, a Shetland beach has been named among the best places in the world to swim, alongside those in the Caribbean, Australia and the Mediterranean. This beach is St. Ninian’s Tombolo, a coastal feature that connects the southwest Shetland Mainland with St. Ninian’s Isle.

Xboundary: a Film about Extreme Pollution Risks by Open-Pit Mining in British Columbia and Threats to Wildlife and Economy

Xboundary: a Film about Extreme Pollution Risks by Open-Pit Mining in British Columbia and Threats to Wildlife and Economy

An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines — at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska — has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks... These concerns were heightened with the August 4, 2014 catastrophic tailings dam failure at nearby Mount Polley Mine in B.C.’s Fraser River watershed. A Salmon Film By Ryan Peterson.

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

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.

Polynesian Turtle; By JBen

Polynesian Turtle; By JBen

Polynesian Turtle is an image from JBen.

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

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Polynesian Turtle; By JBen

Polynesian Turtle is an image from JBen.

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St. Ninian’s Tombolo, Shetland, Scotland; By Norma Longo

Despite its icy temperatures, a Shetland beach has been named among the best places in the world to swim, alongside those in the Caribbean, Australia and the Mediterranean. This beach is St. Ninian’s Tombolo, a coastal feature that connects the southwest Shetland Mainland with St. Ninian’s Isle.

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The Beach-Loving Bulls of Pondoland – in Pictures

Photographer Christopher Rimmer spent a year studying the strange habits of cattle on South Africa’s wild coast. His exhibition Amapondo opens in New York in April.

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France to Soon Enact the Principle of Ecological Prejudice ?

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, will be presenting before this summer, a bill proposing to include the notion of ecological prejudice in the Civil Code, and to make reparation a legal obligation.

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Why U.S. East Coast Should Stay Off-Limits to Oil Drilling

It’s not just the potential for a catastrophic spill that makes the new proposal to open Atlantic Ocean waters to oil exploration such a bad idea. What’s worse is the cumulative impact on coastal ecosystems that an active oil industry would bring.

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Great Barrier Reef Corals Eat Plastic

News, Pollution
Feb
27

Researchers in Australia have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef will eat micro-plastic pollution. Microplastics are tiny fragments of plastic in the environment and are a widespread contaminant in marine ecosystems, particularly in inshore coral reefs.

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Natural Disasters in Asia and Pacific Impact 80 Million People, Cost 60 Billion Dollars, in 2014

Inform
Feb
27

More than half of the world’s 226 natural disasters occurred in the Asia and Pacific region last year.

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The Front Line of Climate Change: Alaska Village Must Relocate as Arctic Sea Ice Thins

News
Feb
27

Climate change is forcing an isolated Alaskan village, roughly 80 miles above the Arctic Circle, to relocate.

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Freakish Weather on Both US Coasts is Related

The plight of East Coasters may seem distant to Californians fretting over the latest predictions for a toasty, dry March that would almost certainly extend the devastating drought from three years to four. But, climate scientists say, the sometimes freakish weather abnormalities are two parts of a whole.

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Frozen waves? Freezing Temperatures Causing Slushy Surf

News
Feb
26

Photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh walking along Nantucket Island captured images of nearly frozen waves.

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