Surfing from / February, 2016

California Coastal Current

Inform
Feb
29

The waters along the west coast of North America are some of the most biologically productive in the world. Cool water from high latitudes flows southward from the edge of British Columbia to Baja; this is the California Current.

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Long-term solution sought to problem of Ocean Beach erosion

Every few years, caravans of yellow trucks move thousands of tons of sand from the north end of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach to eroded areas at the south end. And almost immediately, the silvery tide begins carrying it back to where it came from.

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Mona Island

Celebrate, Inform
Feb
28

75 kilometers to the west of Puerto Rico, a lesser-known island of the Puerto Rican archipelago rises from the Caribbean. Mona island’s primary inhabitants are the plants and animals, the diversity of which has led Mona to be nicknamed the “Galapagos of the Caribbean.”

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Mathematical advance in describing waves

News
Feb
27

Two mathematicians have published a new paper that advances the art of describing a wave. The first great success in using math to represent waves came in the 1700s with the so-called wave equation. But many questions remained unanswered…

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Cancún’s mangroves destroyed, but hope grows again

A Mexican court has issued an injunction blocking further work on a real estate project in the Caribbean coast resort of Cancun that activists say has almost killed a 57 hectares mangrove swamp at the site.

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Crisis Response: When Trees Stop Storms and Deserts in Asia

A history of deforestation has made Asian nations like Vietnam, China and South Korea especially vulnerable to coastal storms, floods and sandstorms. Yet just as these nations have experienced similar crises, they’re also all pursuing a solution—restoring degraded landscapes.

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Kenya South Coast residents triumph as environmental tribunal blocks sand mining

News
Feb
25

Evidence submitted by the complainants showed beyond a reasonable doubt that sections of the reef had already suffered significant damage and that the sandy beaches had eroded to bare rock at sites where the sand sucking monster ships had, often under the cover of darkness, illegally extracted sand.

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Leading Scientists Say Warming Slowdown Was Real

On Wednesday, a group of prominent scientists published a commentary upbraiding colleagues who have published papers downplaying or dismissing the significance of a 13-year slowdown in warming rates at the planet’s surface.

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Tanzania: Rising Sea Ruins Isles Beaches

The Union Government cannot just look at Zanzibar sinking without providing help, said officials after a short tour to areas affected by erosion caused by the sea rise. Negative impacts of climate change in the Islands are real, and aggravated by people’s unnecessary cutting down of trees, and illegal mining to get sand and stones as building materials.

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