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Coastal Care 2016: In Numbers and Achievements

Our deepest gratitude and thanks to our immensely talented and highly inspiring contributors of 2016.
— Santa Aguila Foundation – Coastal Care.

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The agony of Earth’s hottest year

Globally, 2016 is expected to be the hottest on record — breaking the record set in 2015, which broke the record from the year before that. In all, scientists say humans have warmed the planet about 1 degree Celsius since around the time of the Industrial Revolution. This heat, which we’re causing by burning fossil fuels and trapping warmth in the atmosphere, is contributing to a host of dangerous weather around the world.

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New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions

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Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries’ economies, according to a United Nations report launched December 5th, 2016.

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Kerguelen Islands

The islands are so remote and the landscape so harsh that they have also been called the “Desolation Islands.”

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How climate change transformed the Earth in 2016

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2016 was a milestone year in the continued warming of the planet. From unstable agriculture to the drought in California to melting ice sheets to extreme weather events and heat waves, climate change has disrupted virtually every corner of the world.

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Rhode Island offshore wind farm, first in the U.S., to power thousands of homes

Fifteen miles off the coast of Rhode Island stand 600-foot turbines, anchored in 90 feet of Atlantic waters. They are expected to generate enough energy to power 17,000 homes.

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Alaska indigenous people see culture slipping away as sea ice vanishes

In a year almost certain to be history’s hottest, drastic environmental changes are taking a toll on food supply and even language in Arctic communities. After thousands of years of use, words are vanishing as quickly as the ice they describe due to climate change.

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From the mountains to the sea: Coastal geologist speaks his mind

Coastal geologist Rob Young explains how the ocean is flooding coastal property and threatening to consume more land at a time of increasing temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather.

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Mangroves: The Forests of the Tide

A new art exhibition in Yangon, Myanmar, shows the strange beauty of mangrove forests and the important role they play in the wider ecosystem.

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