Surfing from / June, 2013

NRDC Annual Beach Report: Reveals 13 “Superstar Beaches” and 11 “Repeat Offenders”

News, Pollution
Jun
30

America’s beaches experienced over 20,000 closing and advisory days for the third consecutive year because of polluted water or threatened contamination, according to the 23rd annual beachwater quality report released June 26th, by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Black Sand Mining Unabated, Watchdog Says

News, Sand Mining
Jun
30

Black sand mining in Ilocos Sur, Philippines, continues to thrive despite an order from higher police and environmental authorities for a more aggressive campaign against the illegal activity…

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Beach Erosion Caused By Underground River? Philippines

Erosion, News
Jun
30

The team of geologists sent to investigate what was initially believed to be a sinkhole in Candelaria, Zambales, said the presence of an underground river channel in the area could have caused the sudden collapse of at least 100 meters of shoreline.

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Boat Noise Stops Fish Finding Home

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Boat noise disrupts orientation behaviour in larval coral reef fish, according to new research from the Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Liège. Reef fish are normally attracted by reef sound but the study, conducted in French Polynesia, found that fish are more likely to swim away from recordings of reefs when boat noise is added.

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Mana Kai, a Film by Pasha Reshikov

Features, Films
Jun
29

Mana Kai, “Spirit of the Ocean” in hawaiian, is a short film exploring the relationship of humans and the ocean.

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EU Plans to Make it Mandatory For Ship Owners to Measure Carbon Emissions

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Owners of large ships using EU ports will have to measure and report annual carbon emissions from January 2018 under new European commission proposals published on Friday.

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Global Warming Behind Australia’s ‘Angry Summer’: Study

Man made global warming was likely a significant contributing factor in Australia’s “Angry Summer” of 2012-2013, according to a new study. It was the country’s hottest on record and featured devastating wildfires as well as widespread flooding.

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Are Humans Responsible for the Himalayan Tsunami?

Erosion, News
Jun
28

For years, a booming tourist industry, made possible by thousands of illegally constructed guesthouses, has spawned massive hydroelectric power projects on the rivers, while other infrastructure development designed to accommodate hoards of visitors has proceeded at a steady clip, putting undue stress on this fragile ecological zone.

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A Vertical View of Wildfire Smoke as it Heads to Sea

Inform
Jun
28

Meteorologists closely monitor smoke plumes from wildfires because smoke can spread across vast distances and pose significant health hazards, particularly to children and the elderly.

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