Surfing from / November, 2016

When a City Stops Arguing About Climate Change and Starts Planning

Charleston, South Carolina, is adapting to a hotter, wetter and riskier future.

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Beach renourishment sand could affect coral reefs off Broward; Fla.

Dump trucks returned to the Fort Lauderdale beachfront this month to finish a $55.6 million job rebuilding eroded beaches. But beneath the surface just offshore, the new sand could bury and harm acres of coral reef and extinguish tiny life forms that cling to the reefs or hover around them.

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Study Sheds New Insights Into Global Warming Trends

A new multi-institutional study of the temporary slowdown in the global average surface temperature warming trend observed between 1998 and 2013 concludes the phenomenon represented a redistribution of energy within the Earth system, with Earth’s ocean absorbing the extra heat. The phenomenon was referred to by some as the “global warming hiatus.”

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Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016

Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a study has found.

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Thinning, retreat of West Antarctic Glacier began in 1940s

New research by an international team shows that the present thinning and retreat of Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica is part of a climatically forced trend that was triggered in the 1940s.

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Beware at the beach: It’s sneaker wave season in Oregon

Inform
Nov
27

Never turn your back to the ocean. That’s probably the best piece of advice when it comes to surviving sneaker waves — the sudden, unpredictable surges of water that can knock you over or pull you out to sea. And while there’s no official season for sneaker waves, plotting out major incidents in Oregon shows an undeniable seasonal trend.

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Lebanon: capital’s last public sand beach under threat?

Lebanese activists and residents of Beirut are concerned that a multi-million dollar resort near the coast is in breach of their rights to a free sand beach – which is the coastal capital’s last.

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County meets with state for coastal erosion plan, Texas

Erosion, News
Nov
26

A coastline that is resilient in response to coastal hazards is one that maintains a strong ecological foundation, according to the Preview of the Texas General Land Office’s Texas Coastal Resiliency Master Plan.

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Surfers flock to Taiwan, an island nation that fears the sea

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Nov
25

Surfing is still new to Taiwan, an island of 23 million off the east coast of China. Fewer than 100 people make a living out of surfing. Analysts say the aversion to water has cultural and political roots going back to the island’s tempestuous relationship with China…

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