Surfing from / May, 2016

Access eroding to embattled Kiawah spit, study says

The narrow neck to Captain Sam’s Spit is disappearing, survey work has indicated. The dunes there aren’t tall enough to withstand a tropical cyclone of any real strength. The findings could put a big hole in Kiawah Partners’ contention before regulators that the beach there is growing, and a road to its proposed development should be permitted.

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Malaysia establishes a 1-million-hectare marine park

Malaysia has just established the biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the country. The Tun Mustapha park (TMP) occupies 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of seascape off the northern tip of Sabah province in Borneo.

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11 Otherworldly Pictures of Abandoned WWII Bunkers

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May
29

During World War II, German Nazis built concrete bunkers up and down the west coasts of Norway and France. These fortifications were known collectively as the Atlantic Wall, and it was this barrier that the Allies breached during the invasion of Normandy. Seventy years later, much of the Atlantic Wall still stands. See a photos gallery by Jonathan Andrew.

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Scientists Improve Maps of Subsidence in New Orleans

New Orleans and its surrounding areas continue to sink at highly variable rates due to a combination of natural geologic processes and human activity, according to a new study using NASA airborne radar.

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A Disaster-in-Waiting

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In a recent interview with BBC, India’s minister of water resources unveiled the government’s massive plan to divert major rivers including the Ganges and Brahmaputra. This unilateral move by India is a clear violation of the basic tenet of all the international regulations regarding water bodies.

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World Heritage and Tourism report shows sites at risk from climate change

Climate change is fast becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage sites, according to the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate” released May 27,2016, by UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

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U.S. expects more hurricanes as tropical storm brews off East Coast

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May
28

U.S. meteorologists predicted the number of storms in the upcoming hurricane season will increase from years of below-average levels, as a weather system brewed off the East Coast.

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New International Accord to Tackle Illegal Fishing

A new international accord to tackle illegal and under-reported fishing will come into force on June 5. Under the Port States Measures Agreement (PSMA) governments will be required to inspect foreign fishing vessels that dock in their ports…

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A warning system for tsunamis

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May
27

Seismologists have created a new algorithm that could one day help give coastal cities early warning of incoming tsunamis.

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