Surfing from / August, 2016

Fish for dinner? Your seafood might come with a side of plastic

News, Pollution
Aug
31

Fish are “stuffing themselves” on plastic, but scientists are still trying to figure out what effect that might have on those of us who eat seafood.

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Without long-term erosion fix, North Shore towns may suffer

Erosion, News
Aug
31

If a more permanent solution isn’t found to address Lake Michigan’s eroding shoreline and shrinking beaches, the leaders of coastal communities fear their economies and tourism may suffer — particularly in towns along the North Shore.

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Twin Hurricanes Head Toward Hawaii as Tropical Storm Hermine Forms off Florida’s Gulf Coast

News
Aug
31

The island of Hawaii rarely takes a direct hit from a hurricane. This week, two Pacific storms are lining up to change that. Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, Tropical Depression 9 has strengthened to become Tropical Storm Hermine, with a hurricane watch in effect for parts of Florida.

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Global Congress Endorses Protection of Bristol Bay, Condemns Pebble Mine

News, Pollution
Aug
31

Native Alaskans, fishermen, conservationists and coalition partners today successfully took their battle against the proposed Pebble Mine to the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, securing overwhelming approval of a motion urging protection of Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine and other large-scale mining.

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Thousands of Homes Keep Flooding, Yet They Keep Being Rebuilt Again

Can you imagine living in a property that has flooded 10 times? How about 20 times? These properties—and more than 30,000 others that have flooded multiple times—illustrate the current problems of the National Flood Insurance Program and also provide some insights into how challenging it will be to cope with sea level rise, flooding due to extreme weather, as well as other impacts of climate change.

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Looking to Holland to find more sand for Galveston Island, Texas

For years, sand has been returned to eroded beaches and dunes on Galveston Island by bulldozers and backhoes at a cost of millions of dollars. Now, a new idea: let Mother Nature do the work.

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One of the World’s Biggest Fisheries Is on the Verge of Collapse

Encompassing 1.4 million square miles, the South China Sea is one of the world’s most important fisheries, employing more than 3.7 million people and bringing in billions of dollars every year. But after decades of free-for-all fishing, dwindling stocks now threaten both the food security and economic growth of the rapidly developing nations that draw on them.

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Volcanic eruption masked acceleration in sea level rise

The cataclysmic 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines masked the full impact of greenhouse gases on accelerating sea level rise, according to a new study.

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The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by the radioactive elements dispersed across the planet by nuclear bomb tests, although an array of other signals, including plastic pollution, soot from power stations, concrete were now under consideration.

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