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Sydney Harbour’s Plastic Pollution At Alarming Levels, Scientists Find

News, Pollution
Aug
30

Researchers have found alarming level of plastic pollution in Sydney harbour, with fibres from clothing and toiletries causing a widespread impact upon the marine ecosystem.

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The ‘State of the World’s Rivers’ Project Documents Decline In Rivers From Dams

Erosion, News
Aug
30

International Rivers launched “The State of the World’s Rivers,” a first-of-its-kind interactive online database that illustrates the role that dams have played in impoverishing the health of the world’s river basins.

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NOAA Lists 20 Coral Species As Threatened

NOAA announced it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as threatened. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean.

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Do Not Buy Oceanfront Property: Beach House TV Shows Are Selling A Lie

News
Aug
29

Recent TV series about beach living are some of the most unreal reality shows, and have capitalized on people’s fantasies of beach living encouraging them to buy waterside. Avoiding reality is perilous when it comes to the sea. The beach is one of the most reckless places to invest in property.

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Green And Golden Seaweed Tides On The Rise, By Victor Smetacek & Adriana Zingone

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Green, brown and red seaweeds lying on the beach are part and parcel of life in many coastal regions. The amount of beached seaweed biomass started to increase along the shores of industrialized countries in the 1970s, and by the 1990s had become a nuisance along many beaches when mass-stranding events of macroalgae became known as green tides.

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Renewable Energy Capacity Grows At Fastest Ever Pace

Wind, solar and other renewable power capacity grew at its strongest ever pace last year and now produces 22% of the world’s electricity, the International Energy Agency said in a new report.

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World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River

Erosion, News
Aug
27

A construction crew on Tuesday detonated a large charge of dynamite, destroying the last remaining portion of Glines Canyon Dam and hastening the restoration of the Elwha River in the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest. Part of the largest dam-removal project in the nation, the $325 million undertaking represents the beginning of a new era for the river.

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NASA Sees Massive Marie Close Enough to Affect Southern California Coast

News
Aug
27

Because of hurricane Marie’s large size and its movement to the north, it is creating rough surf that is now reaching southern California’s shoreline. Life-threatening surf and rip current conditions are likely as a result of these swells as well as minor coastal flooding.

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Demand for Sand Takes Off Because Off Fracking

News, Sand Mining
Aug
26

Frackers are expected to use nearly 95 billion pounds of sand this year, up nearly 30% from 2013. There are growing restraints on sand supplies and oil companies’ insatiable appetite has generated renewed interest in second-tier deposits of lower-quality brown sand in places like Texas.

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    South Africa: Setback for Giant West Coast Mine Project

    January 22nd, 2018

    The government has rejected an application by a controversial Australian mining company for a huge expansion of its existing Tormin heavy mineral sands mine near Koekenaap on the West Coast. Tormin has been in operation since October 2013, produces heavy sands minerals from the beach.

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    Monaco’s $2.3bn project to expand into Mediterranean Sea

    January 8th, 2018

    Now construction has begun on a €2 billion ($2.3 billion) project to extend the natural contour of Monaco’s coastline a further 15 acres into the Mediterranean.

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    Did sand from Australia’s east coast get sent to Hawaii?

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    December 26th, 2017

    Is it true that back in the day, they used to mine sand at the beach?

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    Running out of sand: in numbers

    December 26th, 2017

    Sand and gravel are the most-extracted materials in the world. The UN believes that sand and gravel, or aggregates, account for up to 85 percent of all mining activity around the world, measured in weight.

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    Bahamas sand to fill in Florida beaches? Congress gave OK for study but no funding

    December 21st, 2017

    The 2016 Water Resources Development Act authorized the Army Corps of Engineers to study using foreign sand, such as from the Bahamas, to widen shorelines without resorting to expensive and inefficient truck hauls from inland mines. A year later the study remains unfunded in the agency’s budget.

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    Quick sand, dirty Money; South Africa

    December 6th, 2017

    Mining has already cut coastal sand supply by as much as 70 percent in the municipality of Ethekwini, which includes Durban. Each year, miners dig up more than 400,000 cubic meters of sand from Durban’s rivers, enough to fill 160 Olympic swimming pools. This sand would normally be deposited on beaches and help offset coastal erosion. At current mining rates, Durban’s beaches are predicted to contract, on average, by more than a meter each year.

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    Bottles Become Sand at Globally Recognized Ranch at Laguna Beach

    December 4th, 2017

    According to General Manager Kurt Bjorkman, the resort is the first property in the continental United States to use a GL Sand Machine that turns beer and wine bottles into sand that can be used to replenish the sand in bunkers on the resort’s golf course or the sand at the nearby beach.

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    Could we run out of sand? Because we are going through it fast

    November 28th, 2017

    On parts of the shoreline in the Moroccan beach town of Tangier, something is amiss. Though the ocean is there — its waves lapping, crashing and roaring as they have since time immemorial — it is not a place for long days of lazing on soft sand. Because there isn’t any.

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