Surfing from / February, 2014

Lionfish Decimating Caribbean Reefs

The lionfish, believed to have been introduced to the Atlantic coast by aquarium lovers in the 1980s, will likely wipe out most Caribbean reef fish in a decade or two. As a result, many corals that depend on herbivore fish will die and eventually turn to rubble, making shorelines more vulnerable to waves just as global warming is lifting sea levels.

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Flooding And Erosion Damage Across The UK

Erosion, News
Feb
28

Coastal beauty spots have suffered years’ worth of erosion in just a few weeks due to the winter storms that have repeatedly battered the UK.

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Be a Force of Nature

During National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 2 to 8, NOAA and FEMA are calling on individuals across the country to “Be a Force of Nature: Take the Next Step” by preparing for severe weather and encouraging others to do the same.

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23 People Face Charges For Black Sand Mining, Philippines

News, Sand Mining
Feb
27

The Department of Justice has recommended the filing of criminal charges against 23 Chinese nationals for alleged illegal extraction of about 150 metric tons of black sand along the coastline of Aparri in Cagayan.

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Chile’s Stunning Fossil Whale Graveyard Explained

It is one of the most astonishing fossil discoveries of recent years – a graveyard of whales found beside the Pan-American Highway in Chile.

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Haze Blows Across Northeastern Asia

Inform, Pollution
Feb
27

An all-too-common winter weather pattern settled over northeastern China over the past two weeks, letting air pollution build to hazardous levels. A temperature inversion trapped pollution near the ground, making particulate measurement soar.

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21,000 Birds Killed In France By Slew Of Storms

News
Feb
26

Thousands of birds have been killed in France. The culprit? Winter storms…

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Still-fresh Remnants of Exxon Valdez Oil 25 years After Oil Spill Found On Beaches

News, Pollution
Feb
26

Twenty-five years after the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, beaches on the Alaska Peninsula hundreds of kilometers from the incident still harbor small hidden pockets of surprisingly unchanged oil, according to new research.

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Decline Of Bronze Age Megacities Linked To Climate Change

Scientists have demonstrated that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India 4,100 years ago. The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the metropolis-building Indus Civilization, suggesting that climate change could be why many of the major cities of the civilization were abandoned.

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