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The Wild Alaskan Lands at Stake If the Pebble Mine Moves Ahead

News, Pollution
Jul
31

The proposed Pebble Mine in southwestern Alaska is a project of almost unfathomable scale. The mine would cover 28 square miles and require the construction of the world’s largest earthen dam — 700 feet high and several miles long — to hold back a 10-square-mile containment pond filled with up to 2.5 billion tons of sulfide-laden mine waste.

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Photos: Spectacular Saltwater Marshes of the Eastern US

Celebrate, Inform
Jul
31

The extensive estuarine saltwater marshes of eastern North America are large, flat, grassy areas that are flooded daily by the semidiurnal tides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Mystery Oil Sheen Discovered Off California Coast

News, Pollution
Jul
31

An oil sheen showed up in the Pacific Ocean, yesterday at Goleta Beach, Santa Barbara County , leaving officials baffled as to what caused it.

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Beach Towns Push to be Accessible to All, NC

News
Jul
29

Beach towns in New Hanover County, North Carolina, have made their shores more wheelchair-accessible in recent years, most notably with the big-wheeled chairs that glide easily across the sand.

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Rain, Storm Surge Combine to Put Coasts at Risk

Many more coastal residents are at threat from the meteorological double whammy of freshwater flooding and storm surge, (compound flooding events) which a new study finds is a serious threat for large stretches of U.S. coast, where more than half of the country’s population lives in densely populated areas and where development has been steadily rising in recent decades.

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Australian Humpback Whale Comeback: a ‘Symbol of Hope’

Australia’s humpback populations have recovered so well from years of devastating whaling that they could be delisted as a threatened species in a conservation success story scientists Tuesday hailed as “a symbol of hope”.

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African Ports Scramble for Land to Expand as Demand Rises

With competition for space is intensifying around Africa’s coastal cities as urbanization gains momentum, ports are using dredged material and reclaiming land to expand container terminal capacity.

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Disastrous Sea Level Rise Is an Issue for Today’s Public – Not Next Millennium’s

The bottom line message scientists should deliver to policymakers is that we have a global crisis, an emergency that calls for global cooperation to reduce emissions as rapidly as practical.

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Such Quantities of Sand

Asia’s mania for reclaiming land from the sea spawns mounting problems.

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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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