Surfing from / May, 2013

Moving Heaven and Earth for a House

For sentimental as well as environmental reasons, some homeowners will spend millions of dollars to move a coastal house to a new, better location.

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Bay Blues

Inform
May
31

Satellite observations of Earth’s land and ice surfaces and the open ocean have been incredibly valuable for understanding the processes and rhythms of our planet. But at the intersection of land and sea, many imaging techniques and analyses can get muddy.

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Ilocos Sur is Helpless Against Illegal Black Sand Mining, Philippines

News, Sand Mining
May
30

Illegal miners continue to extract black sand from Ilocos Sur, on Philippines ‘North Western Coast, exporting the commodity out of the country placing coastal areas and the people at risk of erosion, according to a priest, an environmental group, and the Mines Bureau..

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Small Dams On Chinese River Harm Environment More Than Expected, study finds

Erosion, News
May
30

A fresh look at the environmental impacts of dams on an ecologically diverse and partially protected river in China found that small dams can pose a greater threat to ecosystems and natural landscapes than large dams.

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Villagers seek action against illegal sand mining, India

News, Sand Mining
May
30

Members of dalit communities from Kuppepadavu near Mangalore, state of Karnataka, alleged that illegal sand mining is rampant on Phalguni river bed.

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Forest and Soil Carbon Is Important, but Does Not Offset Fossil Fuel Emissions

No amount of reafforestation or growing of new trees will ultimately off-set continuing CO2 emissions due to environmental constraints on plant growth and the large amounts of remaining fossil fuel reserves, Leading world climate change experts said.

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Les Pilleurs De Sable Ecument Les Plages Du Globe, Le Monde

News, Sand Mining
May
29

“Beaches Sand Miners Are Skiming Away The World’s Beaches”: On the Moroccan beaches near Tangier or Casablanca, the sand dunes have disappeared, only to leave behind a somber lunar landscape. The dunes haven’t been erased away by natural storms action, but by illegal beach sand mining, night after night, relentlessly hauled away by truckloads…

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Ala Wai Canal: Hawaii’s Biggest Mistake?

A mistake made nearly 100 years ago is putting the economic heart of Hawaii in jeopardy.

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Study Reveals How Fishing Gear Can Cause Slow Death of Whales

Using a “patient monitoring” device attached to a whale entangled in fishing gear, scientists showed for the first time how fishing lines changed a whale’s diving and swimming behavior.

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