Surfing from / February, 2011

Hydrofracking, Water, Watersheds, and the Ocean

News, Pollution
Feb
28

The Ocean connects all things.

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The Problems With Dams

News
Feb
27

Project to build world’s third-largest hydroelectric plant is suspended after failing to meet environmental requirements. Dams block sediments going to the ocean, which implies accelerated erosion.

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Panel’s Findings on Oil Spill to be Delayed Again

Its final report was due in March. No conclusions have yet been reached about what exactly happened and why oil was still allowed to flow to the sea.

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Dead Baby Dolphins and Oil Wash in on the Gulf Coast

There are troubling signs all is not right with the Gulf. In other words, the coast is far from clear.

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Waste Land, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Films, News, Pollution
Feb
25

Deservedly nominated at this year’s Oscars as Best Documentary Feature, Lucy Walker’s life-affirming film Waste Land, travels to the squalor of Rio de Janeiro, which boasts the largest landfill site in the world.

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Living on the shores of Hawaii: natural hazards, the environment, and our communities

Book Reviews
Feb
25

“Living on the shores of Hawaii: natural hazards, the environment, and our communities” addresses a wide range of environmental concerns within the context of sustainability and their influence on the future of Hawaii. A book by Chip Fletcher; Robynne Boyd, William J. Neal and Virginia Tice.

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Alliance between the Arctic and Tropics

Inuit leaders seek common front against climate warming.

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Last Chance Beach, Battling Erosion in Barbados

Around Barbados, the most serious threat to the beaches is the loss of coral reefs through nearshore pollution, primarily caused by domestic sewage, and physical clearing. As the reefs die, they lose their ability to reduce the energy and erosive force of incoming waves.

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Sundarbans’ Tigers Further Pushed Towards Extinction by Rising Sea Levels

An expected sea level rise of 28 cm above 2000 levels may cause the remaining tiger habitat in the Sundarbans to decline by 96 percent, pushing the total population to fewer than 20 breeding tigers, according to a study.

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