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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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    As sand mining grows, Asia’s deltas are sinking, water experts warn

    September 29th, 2018

    Sand mining from rivers is depriving many low-lying Asian deltas of the sediment they need to maintain themselves, raising the risk of worsening land loss to sea level rise, researchers say.

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    A microscopic look at why the world is running out of sand; Video

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    September 4th, 2018

    The usefulness of sand depends on the science of each tiny little grain. We went on a sand scavenger hunt to collect some samples, look at them under a microscope, and try to figure out why sand scarcity is such a problem.

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    Did sand mining exacerbate flooding during Hurricane Harvey?

    August 14th, 2018

    Following Hurricane Harvey, the sand mining industry that has boomed along the San Jacinto River has come under fierce criticism. Protestors, environmental groups and state officials have argued that operating within the floodways reduced the river’s capacity to hold the surge of water.

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    Sardinia sand thieves face fines of up to €3,000

    August 9th, 2018

    Sardinian authorities are getting tough with tourists who steal sand from the island’s pristine beaches as a souvenir and are issuing fines of up to Euros €3,000.

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    Ugandan children abandon school for sand mining

    August 6th, 2018

    More and more Ugandan children drop out of school, lured into sand mining on the banks of River Nile in Busaana Sub-county, and joining what seems a lucrative venture to earn a living.

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    Hong Kong land reclamation explained: the good, bad and ugly methods of pushing back the sea

    July 29th, 2018

    About 6 per cent of city is reclaimed land, and while extending the shoreline of a land-starved society seems ever more attractive, critics say it would not solve housing issues. At the same time, conservation groups such as WWF and Greenpeace say reclamation is environmentally catastrophic.

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    Why This Sand From Texas Is Suddenly Worth $80 a Ton

    July 14th, 2018

    A major second wave of US fracking is about to be unleashed upon the world.

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    Bridge Collapse In Mangaluru: Illegal Sand Mining Takes A Very Heavy Toll; India

    July 7th, 2018

    A bridge built in 1980 has collapsed not due to rain and floods, but due to illegal sand mining. The life of the bridge as prescribed by engineers back in 1980 was 100 years. But thanks to the sand mafia, its life has been cut by 62 years.

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