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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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    More exploration approved at Icy Cape, Alaska

    November 18th, 2017

    A long stretch of beach at Icy Cape near Yakutat holds the possibility of massive mineral deposit that could produce millions in mining revenue for the Alaska Mental Health Land Trust.

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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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