Surfing from / July, 2012

Houses Built on Sand

News, Sand Mining
Jul
31

The excessive extraction of oceanic sand has caused the large-scale erosion of China’s shoreline and fisheries, while a lack of regulation has allowed unstable sand to be used in construction.

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Former Global Warming Skeptic Makes a Total Turnaround

A prominent scientist, professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who was skeptical of the evidence that climate change was real, let alone that it was caused by humans, now says he has made a “total turnaround.”

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World’s Northernmost Coral Reef Discovered in Japan

When most of us think of coral reefs, probably do we picture scuba divers gliding through warm, crystal-clear waters. And for the most part, we’d be right: more than 90 percent of the world’s coral reefs are located in the tropics.

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Emerging Trends in Land-Use conflicts in Cameroon

In 2011, WWF produced a map of the protected areas of Cameroon at the request of the government. Simultaneously, observations had been made by conservation groups that mining permits were being granted inside of Cameroon’s protected areas…

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Oregon Authorities To demolish Japanese Tsunami Dock

Demolition experts on the west coast of the United States will this week tackle a continuing environmental threat created by last year’s Japanese devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Underwater Ecosystem Inundated by Sediment Plume, Elwha River

Erosion, News
Jul
30

Scuba-diver scientists from the U.S.G.S, with support teams from the U.S. EPA, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and Washington Sea Grant, are returning to the mouth of Washington’s Elwha River this week to explore and catalogue the effect of released sediment on marine life following the nation’s largest dam removal effort.

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Army Corps Set to Begin Dune Restoration Project in Willapa Bay

Celebrate, News
Jul
29

In an effort to preserve Native American cultural lands, mitigate flood risks and improve coastal habitat for a threatened species, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, is reconstructing a sand dune in Willapa Bay.

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Rock Drilling ‘Threatens’ Scotland’s Geology

Irresponsible drilling of holes into rocks to extract samples threaten to “annihilate” geological features in Scotland, with the general public experiencing defaced outcrop in every setting imaginable – remote beaches and islands, mountain tops, and, lamentably, classic geological sections within statutory protected areas.

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Scientists find Grand Canyon-sized rift under Antarctic ice

Scientists have discovered a rift the size of the Grand Canyon hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet, which they say is contributing to ice melt and a consequent rise in the sea level.

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