Surfing from / April, 2011

A Spanish Island’s Quest to Be the Greenest Place on Earth

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Apr
30

When an innovative wind-power system goes online at the end of 2011, El Hierro, the easternmost of Spain’s Canary Islands, will turn into the first inhabited landmass in the world to become completely energy self-sufficient, using nature’s gifts: wind and sea water. And that’s just the first step in a plan that may make the island the most sustainable place on Earth.

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Sea Level Rise Could Turn New York Into Venice

Higher sea levels will give severe storms much more water to funnel toward the city. A lot of New York City is less than 16 feet above mean sea level,” he said. “Lower Manhattan, some points are five feet above sea level. These areas are vulnerable and New York City knows it.

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Turkey to build huge waterway to bypass Bosphorus

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Apr
28

Turkey plans to build a canal connecting the Black and Marmara seas as an alternative to the congested Bosphorus Strait, the main objectives being to reduce traffic through the Bosphorus and minimise the environmental threat.

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Nauru use UN spotlight to confront developed world over climate change

The smallest nation in the UN is about to take the AOSIS chair at a time when low-lying coastal countries are gravely threatened. Nauru is among the islands most threatened by rising sea levels and its economy has been almost wholly dependent on phosphate, which has led to environmental catastrophe on the island, with 80% of the nation’s surface having been strip-mined.

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Japan’s irradiated waters: How worried should we be?

For the oceans, this is the largest accidental release of radiation we have ever seen.

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Coastal Dunes in Spain Threatened by Poorly Designed Infrastructure

Although the dune ecosystem is unusual, fragile and is protected by the “habitats” directive of the network Natura 2000, its conservation is very vulnerable to the proliferation of car parks, nearby buildings and inadequate boardwalks.

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The Man That Has Been Picking Plastic From Beaches For 7 Years

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Francis Picco arrived in Easter Island, Chile, from France for a vacation 15 years ago, and never left. The reason was a local woman who became his wife, and a new found peace he couldn’t trade for anything else. Picco, who has adopted the native name Tutuma, has been recovering plastic garbage from Easter Island’s coastline for over seven years now.

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Mangroves excel at storing climate-warming carbon

Mangroves store two to four times the carbon that tropical rainforests do. Part of the reason for mangroves’ efficiency in keeping carbon locked away lies in their location in tidal zones, where their roots are often covered with sea water.

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Islands off the Croatian Coast

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Apr
25

Along the coast of Croatia lies a multitude of islands of varying shapes and sizes. Archaeological finds indicate that some of the islands have been inhabited since the Stone Age and have supported trade routes since the sixth century BC.

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