Surfing from / April, 2015

A 50-year Sand Replenishment Project, Encinitas and Solana Beaches, CA

For the price of the plan, the cities could have looked at buying bluff-top properties to allow for “managed retreat.” That way, the bluffs could naturally erode, putting sand back on the beaches.

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Tropical Marine Ecosystems Most at Threat from Human Impact

An international team of scientists has used the 23-million-year fossil record to calculate which marine animals and ecosystems are most at risk of extinction today.

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Polluted Rio de Janeiro Beach Ruled Out for Pro Surfing Competition

News, Pollution
Apr
30

A sewage-filled Rio de Janeiro beach has been removed from the list of venues for a surfing competition in the city in May.

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NOAA Study Finds Marshes, Reefs, Beaches Can Enhance Coastal Resilience

The resilience of U.S. coastal communities to storms, flooding, erosion and other threats can be strengthened when they are protected by natural infrastructure such as marshes, reefs, and beaches, or with hybrid approaches, such as a “living shoreline”…

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Ancient Clam Beaches Not so Natural, Study Shows

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Apr
29

Ancient coastal Indigenous people were more than hunter-gatherers, new research shows. Researchers suggest that the Pacific Northwest is one of the few places in the world where it can be documented’ that many Indigenous peoples had sophisticated marine management.

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Coastal Light Pollution Disturbs Marine Animals, New Study Shows

News, Pollution
Apr
29

Marine ecosystems can be changed by night-time artificial lighting according to new research. The results indicate that light pollution from coastal communities, shipping and offshore infrastructure could be changing the composition of marine invertebrate communities.

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Legislation Would Change Landscape of Zeke’s Island, NC

News
Apr
29

For more than a century “the Rocks,” a breakwater built by the Army Corps of Engineers, has separated the channels at the southern tip of New Hanover County from the Cape Fear River. Legislation that would allocate funding to help North Carolina maintain the state’s inlets and waterways, is looking to change that.

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The Source of Antarctica’s Eerie Bleeding Glacier

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Apr
29

Antarctica’s Dry Valleys are the most arid places on Earth, but underneath their icy soils lies a vast and ancient network of salty, liquid water filled with life, a new study finds.

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Trying to Save the Oceans, One Small Grant at a Time

Celebrate, Inform
Apr
29

Overfishing, habitat loss and pollution threaten species in so many places that research and conservation organizations cannot do all that is needed. So, with the aim of making a dent through small, targeted efforts, the New England Aquarium, in Boston, has for 15 years awarded microgrants to projects across the globe.

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