Surfing from / November, 2013

The Squeeze On Europe’s Coastline Continues

“Balancing the future of Europe’s coasts”, a new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), argues that Europe needs to improve its knowledge to better understand the long-term damaging effects of current human and economic pressures on the coastal environment, jeopardizing the essential maintenance of the natural capital.

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Where Streets Are Paved With Sand

Celebrate, Inform
Nov
29

Jericoacoara, a virgin beach hidden behind the dunes of the west coast of Jijoca de Jericoacoara, Ceará, Brazil, is one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. The area around this virgin beach hidden behind sand dunes, is home to alien landscapes of vibrant beauty.

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New Zealand Judge Rejects Climate Refugee Plea

A New Zealand judge on Tuesday rejected a Kiribati man’s claim that he should be granted refugee status because of climate change.

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Blooming in the South Atlantic

Offshore from Argentina, spring is in bloom. Massive patches of floating phytoplankton colored the ocean in November 2013. These microscopic, plant-like organisms are the primary producers of the ocean, harnessing sunlight to nourish themselves and to become food for everything from zooplankton to fish to whales.

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Rate Of Coastal Wetlands Loss Has Sped Up

The U.S. lost an average of 80,000 acres of coastal wetlands from 2004 to 2009, according to the latest data published by federal agencies. More than 70 percent of the estimated loss came in the Gulf of Mexico; nationwide, most of the loss was blamed on development that incurred on freshwater wetlands.

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Holidays on the Oil Spill Front Lines

While BP continues to spend millions on slick TV commercials touting the good times in the Gulf, local communities are still feeling the effects of the country’s worst oil spill in history.

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Top 5 Threats To The World’s Beaches (And A Systemic Solution)

Professors Orrin Pilkey and Andrew Cooper are writing what promises to be an outstanding book. In The Last Beach (to be published this summer by Duke University Press), they describe the top five threats to beaches around the world. Even a quick overview of these threats suggests a strategy for confronting the degradation and loss of beaches.

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Water Integrity In Action: Curbing Illegal Sand Mining in Sri Lanka

News, Sand Mining
Nov
26

This first publication in the WIN series “Water Integrity in Action” explores how the island nation of Sri Lanka has managed to curb illegal sand mining along two of its major rivers, Maha Oya and Deduru Oya.

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U.S. Interior Chief Stunned By Eroding S.C Island

From the beach on this seven-mile-long natural landmark, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell stared carefully at the eerie landscape of fallen and broken trees. Once majestic hardwoods and sturdy palms, the trees were the dead victims of an encroaching sea.

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