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The Future of Wetlands, the Future of Waterbirds – an Intercontinental Connection

To mark the anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention – an intergovernmental agreement seeking to protect wetlands of international importance – the 2nd of February each year is celebrated as “World Wetlands Day.”

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Shell Wants To Drill Off Alaska Coast Again, If It Can Get The Permits

News, Pollution
Jan
30

Royal Dutch Shell PLC will move forward with drilling off Alaska’s northwest coast if it can obtain permits it needs and drill safely, its chief executive officer said…

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Four Gaps in China’s New Environmental Law

On 1 January, a new environmental protection law (EPL) took effect in China. It is the nation’s first attempt to harmonize economic and social development with environmental protection. Yet the law is not enough. For several reasons it will face many challenges.

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What a Waste: Study Finds Big US Brands Stuck on Disposable Packaging

News, Pollution
Jan
30

Lagging behind the rest of the developed world, American brands continue to opt for the worst packaging materials, according to a report released Thursday.

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Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream

Erosion
Jan
29

Twenty years ago, dam removal was a fringe notion, and early demolition efforts gained support only because the dams in question were no longer in use. Now, the U.S. dam removal movement has wide acceptance as well as bigger ambitions.

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Nor’easter Pounds New England

News
Jan
28

The U.S. National Weather Service called it a “a crippling and historic winter blizzard.” ustained winds reached gale force, with hurricane-force gusts along the coastlines. Storm surges sent ice and water into the streets of Scituate and Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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Kenya: Leave the sand on Diani Beach

News, Sand Mining
Jan
27

Tourism stakeholders in Kenya and local residents of Diani Beach south of Mombasa are up in arms over plans to extract some 5 million tons of sand from award-winning Diani tourist beach.

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White House to Propose Allowing Oil Drilling Off Atlantic Coast

The Obama administration on Tuesday will announce a proposal to open up coastal waters from Virginia to Georgia for oil and gas drilling.

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Coastal Sand Mining: Govts. Asked to Respond; India

News, Sand Mining
Jan
27

The Madras High Court has directed the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government to respond to a public interest litigation petition seeking a SIT probe into illegal beach sand mining in the State.

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    Hong Kong’s Government Is Spending Billions Taking Land from the Sea

    November 14th, 2017

    Through expensive, time intensive, and complicated land reclamation projects, Hong Kong is continually extending out and into the water, where there wasn’t land before.

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    Line drawn on sand sales: EBay removes listings for sand purportedly from Hawaii beaches

    November 6th, 2017

    EBay has removed numerous listings advertising the sale of sand purported to be from Hawaii beaches, including iconic Papakolea Beach — also known as Green Sands Beach — after the Tribune-Herald inquired about the sand sales.

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    The world is running out of sand

    November 3rd, 2017

    After a trip to the beach, you’re likely to return with sand in your hair, between your toes, underneath your fingernails. It might be difficult to believe that the world is running out of the stuff, but it is.

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    South Florida, Out of Beach, Wants to Buy Sand from the Bahamas

    November 2nd, 2017

    Miami-Dade County lost 170,000 cubic yards of sand during Hurricane Irma. It’s the latest blow to South Florida beaches in perennial decline. Nearly half the state’s coast—411 miles’ worth of beach—is considered “critically eroded.”

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    New Federal Study: Dredging is harming more endangered fish

    November 2nd, 2017

    A study from the National Marine Fisheries Service says a few more endangered sturgeon and sea turtles have been killed as a result of the dredging in the Savannah River.

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    Replacing Miami’s beach sands costs millions. Here’s how Congress intends to make it cheaper

    October 24th, 2017

    Miami is out of sand. Last year, Miami-Dade County depleted its offshore sand reserves, meaning miles of beaches that shrink from erosion must be replenished with sand from outside South Florida.

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    Sand mining ravages African beaches

    October 21st, 2017

    Sand is a natural resource that is more and more exploited. Worldwide, beaches are mined for sand. As many other countries in the world, African States have legislated to better protect their coastal environment, but this did not put an end to illegal beach sand mining and its detrimental effects on the ecosystems.

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    A public company attempts to improve the sand market, Algeria

    October 21st, 2017

    Sand scarcity is one of the main cause of implementation deplays in the construction industry in Algeria. The severity of the sand depletion is such that prices have gone up tenfold during this latest construction boom.

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