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European Union ratifies landmark climate change deal

News
Sep
30

The European Union’s environment ministers on Friday approved the ratification of the landmark Paris climate change pact, paving the way for the agreement to take effect in November.

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Money and sand: will there be enough for New Jersey’s beaches?

Beach replenishment is costly and exacts a heavy toll on the environment, depleting underwater ridges that are home to a broad variety of sea life. Skeptics questioned how the state and Army Corps of Engineers can commit to spending nearly $2 billion in beach replenishment through the mid 21st century.

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Why Paris beach festival could be sand-free in future

News, Sand Mining
Sep
30

The man-made, hugely popular summer Paris-Plages beaches along the Seine River, could be without sand next year, after complaints about the project’s disastrous ecological footprint and allegations that the company delivering the sand had “paid taxes” to Isis.

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High Stakes on the High Seas: A Call for International Reserves

Marine protected areas in national waters have proven successful in helping depleted fish stocks to recover. Now, there is growing momentum for the creation of extensive reserves on the high seas as a way of reversing decades of rampant overfishing.

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Hurricane Matthew now a Category 3 storm in Caribbean

News
Sep
30

Hurricane Matthew has strengthened to a Category 3 storm in the Caribbean Sea, according to the Friday morning (Sept. 30) update from the National Hurricane Center. The storm is about 105 miles northeast of Punta Gallinas, Colombia, and 495 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica.

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Whose job is it to save North Topsail Beach ?

The Atlantic Ocean is eroding parts of North Topsail Beach by about five feet per year. The town of 800 residents is running out of cash and solutions in its efforts to protect its north shore. Whose job is to save this popular North Carolina tourist destination?

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The world passes 400ppm carbon dioxide threshold. Permanently

In the centuries to come, history books will likely look back on September 2016 as a major milestone for the world’s climate. At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value failed to drop below 400 parts per million.

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Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused widespread marsh erosion

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill six years ago caused widespread marsh erosion that may be permanent in some places, according to a new analysis of 270 miles of the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coasts.

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What Do A Band-Aid, Plastic Bag, And Balloon Have In Common?

Inform, Pollution
Sep
28

…” I saw all three In my 3.3km swim across the Strait Of Messina. Even though this waterway is known as a biodiversity hotspot, I saw no fish during what ended up being a nearly 5.2km swim…”

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