Surfing from / January, 2016

Seeing the Reef for the Corals

The rainforests of the sea, are one of the most prized ecosystems in the ocean. Coral reefs are home to about a quarter of all ocean fish species, making them hot spots of biodiversity. They protect shorelines from storms, provide food for millions of people, and provide economic benefits by encouraging tourism. Despite their value, few of the world’s reefs have been studied.

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Tropical Cyclone Stan: West Australian coast braces for destructive winds; red alert issued

News
Jan
30

West Australian residents in the north-west Pilbara region are bracing for potentially damaging wind gusts and heavy rain as Tropical Cyclone Stan makes landfall early on Sunday morning.

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Federal government agrees to stop approving oil fracking off the California coast until environment review

News, Pollution
Jan
30

The federal government has agreed to stop approving oil fracking off the California coast until it studies whether the practice is safe for the environment, according to legal settlements filed Friday.

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Study Finds Toxic Pollutants in Fish Across the World’s Oceans

News, Pollution
Jan
30

A new global analysis of seafood found that fish populations throughout the world’s oceans are contaminated with industrial and agricultural pollutants, collectively known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The study also uncovered some good news¾concentrations of these pollutants have been consistently dropping over the last 30 years.

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Survey shows Aussies’ love and concern for Great Barrier Reef

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A James Cook University researcher has found more than three quarters of Australians regard the Great Barrier Reef as part of their national identity and nearly 90 per cent believe it is under threat from climate change.

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Red mud pollution: outrage in Marseille

Thousands of people marched in Marseille’s street today to protest against “the red mud scandal”, where Altéo industry, specialized in the industrial production of aluminum, has been granted the right to continue rejecting its hazardous waste product into the marine environment of the Calanques National Park.

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Florida beaches are becoming darker, and that’s good for sea turtles

Newly published research confirms that the density of sea turtle nests on Florida beaches is reduced where artificial lights along the coast deter nesting females. The data also show that the network of sea turtle-friendly lighting ordinances along Florida’s coast seems to be working.

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Blizzard Winds Battered East Coast

Erosion, News
Jan
29

When a nor’easter came barreling through the Mid-Atlantic in late January 2016, it brought remarkably strong winds and a formidable storm surge, that led to flooding and significant erosion along beaches and barrier islands.

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Rapid, affordable energy transformation possible

The US could slash greenhouse gas emissions from power production by up to 78 percent below 1990 levels within 15 years while meeting increased demand, according to a new study, using a sophisticated mathematical model to evaluate future cost, demand, generation and transmission scenarios.

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