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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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    Argentina: The Atlantic Coast loses two meters of beach per year

    January 14th, 2019

    It happens in the main beaches of Buenos Aires, due to the erosion, generated by the loss of dunes, urban intervention, with walls of cement, coastal roads, the afforestation of the dunes and the theft of sand for constructions.

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    The Cement Industry, One of the World’s Largest CO2 Emitters, Pledges to Cut Greenhouse Gases

    December 31st, 2018

    Cement is the second most-consumed resource in the world, with more than 4 billion tons of the material produced globally every year. As a result, the industry generates approximately 8 percent of global CO2 emissions.

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    Gambian environmental activists take swift Action against Chinese plant polluting their ocean water

    December 9th, 2018

    After activists said a Chinese-run fish processing plant – that arrived in 2014 – had failed to remove a pipe accused of spewing toxic waste into the sea, local youth issued an ultimatum: Dig the pipe up, or we will. They did, storming the beach.

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    French journalists labelled spies over Indian mining investigation

    December 8th, 2018

    Two French journalists have been labelled spies and are the subject of a criminal investigation after they tried to report on sand mining in south India – an assignment they took up because Indian journalists had been threatened for reporting on the issue.

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    Beach sand mining in Grenada triggers loss of trees and beach erosion

    November 20th, 2018

    To the great frustration of some residents, illegal sand mining operations have been ongoing on Grenada’s beaches. Trucks have been seen daily, driving away loaded with bags of beach sand.

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    Corporate Sand Mining In SF Bay Sparks ‘Sand Wars’

    November 17th, 2018

    Six years ago, nonprofit environmental advocacy organization San Francisco Baykeeper sued sand-mining firm Hanson Marine Operations and the State Lands Commission to stop sand mining in the Bay. However, in November, an appeals court judge sided with the State Lands Commission and the sand mining company.

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    China’s search for sand is destroying Mozambique’s pristine beaches

    October 28th, 2018

    The community of Nagonha in northern Mozambique sits on a tall dune with lush greenery on the one side, and a turquoise Indian ocean on the other. It should have been the kind of unspoiled landscape that Mozambique’s growing tourism industry is beginning to take advantage of. Instead, a Chinese mining company has irrevocably tarnished the scenery, and people’s lives.

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    Sierra Leone: Beaches under attack from sand miners

    October 23rd, 2018

    Twenty-four hours a day, seven-days-a-week, truckloads of sand are being hauled from the beach into Freetown to satisfy the needs of construction companies and contractors. Hundreds of tonnes of sand from the beaches is mined and sold to builders as construction material. The activity is technically illegal but laws, as is often the case, are not being implemented or enforced.

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