Surfing from / May, 2015

Why Are Some Glaciers Blue?

One of the most amazing sights in Antarctica is its stunning blue ice, rippling like a frozen sea. Antarctica is the only place on Earth with these incredible stretches of blue ice.

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Mystery Pollution Keeps California Beaches Still Closed

News, Pollution
May
30

A string of popular California beaches will remain closed until further notice due to mystery oil-based pollution, officials said Friday.

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Powerful 7.8-Magnitude Quake Shakes Japan

News
May
30

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Japanese coast Saturday, geologists said, shaking buildings in Tokyo. Despite the huge power of the quake, there was no risk of a tsunami, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre reported.

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The Ecological Effects of Beach Sand Mining in Ghana Using Ghost Crabs as Biological Indicators

Sandy beaches are habitat to many invertebrate biodiversity and threatened vertebrate species. However, extraction of sand is widespread along many developing nations’ beaches destroying the ecosystem services the area provides.

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El Niño Can Raise Sea Levels Along U.S. Coast

A new study has found that the cyclical climate phenomenon can ratchet up sea levels off the West Coast by almost 8 inches over just a few seasons.

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Great Barrier Reef: UNESCO Recommends World Heritage Site Not be Placed on ‘In Danger’ List

World’s largest coral reef to remain on UN’s watchlist as draft ruling calls on Australia to ‘rigorously’ implement its conservation commitments. Environmental groups consider the reef – regardless of the Unesco ruling in June – technically in danger.

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Hybrid Ships Will Soon Be on the Market

Hybrid cars have been a success. The shipping industry is now moving in the same green direction.

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Peru Planning to Dam Amazon’s Main Source and Displace 1000s

Peru is proposing to build more than 20 dams on the main trunk of the currently free-flowing River Maranon, which births in the Andes and is the River Amazon’s main source.

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Croatian Dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or Tourism

News, Pollution
May
28

Despite surging opposition to pumping crude in the waters of one of Europe’s fastest-growing summer travel destinations, the Croatian government is determined to boost the state’s poor finances by offering several exploration licenses to foreign energy companies.

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