Surfing from / June, 2014

Tiny Barbuda Grapples with Rising Seas

The 1,800 residents of the tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda are learning to adapt as climate change proves to be a force to reckon with, disrupting not just the lives of the living but also the resting places of those who died centuries ago.

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Whither Costa Concordia, Amid Environmental Concerns

Two refloating sponsons is what separates the Costa Concordia cruise ship from leaving the shores of Giglio Island, Italy, but where it will then be towed is still an open question.

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California Coast From The Air: Images of a Changing Landscape

In a state identified with change, California’ s 1,100-mile coastline lives up to the reputation. Gary Griggs, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, has written many books about the California coast. The latest is California Coast from the Air, a collection of stunning aerial photographs of the state’s coastline with captions by Griggs and Deepika Shrestha Ross.

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5 Numbers To Illustrate How Bad Our Plastic Bag Habit Really Is – French Edition

Inform, Pollution
Jun
28

Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. Those are the attractive qualities that lead us, around the world, to a voracious appetite and over-consumption of plastic goods. The french journal Le Figaro, has compiled 5 simple numbers, yet powerful enough to illustrate how detrimental and pervasive the single-use-plastic-bag habit is, in France.

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Coral Reef Restoration Can Save Lives, Livelihoods

A new report suggests that preserving and restoring coral reefs may be one of the cheapest and most effective ways to mitigate coastal erosion and flooding.

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New Jersey’s Proposed Coastal Development Rules Miss The Mark, Critics Charge

Environmentalists say New Jersey’s proposed new rules for coastal development would place more people and property at risk from future storms like Superstorm Sandy.

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1 in 10 U.S. Beaches Fails Bacteria Test In Survey

News, Pollution
Jun
26

Swimmers, take heed: Ten percent of water samples taken from U.S. coastal and lake beaches fail to meet safety standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a new report finds.

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East Riding Coastal Erosion, In Pictures

Erosion, Inform
Jun
25

The coast of East Riding of Yorkshire, UK, is eroding at the fastest rate in Europe. Erosion rates of up to 3.5 metres a year threatens property and roads.

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Liberia’s Poor and the Rising Sea

A report on the threat to the environment in Liberia released by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) states that erosion in this West African country is causing the shoreline to recede in some cities, including Buchanan, Greenville, Harper and Robertsport, and that beach sand mining is also said to be the main contributing factor.

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