Surfing from / January, 2017

State sued over sand mining in San Francisco Bay, California

News
Jan
31

Environmentalists are suing the state in an effort to reduce sand mining inside San Francisco Bay that they contend is shrinking a popular beach and habitat for an endangered bird.

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Substance in crude oil harms fish hearts, could affect humans as well

Exposure to oil can cause severe cardiovascular effects in fish. Experiments provide direct evidence of how phenanthrene, an oil pollutant found in water, air and soil, causes irregular heartbeat and weaker contractions of heart cells.

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Oil: Keeping Atlantic Drilling Ban Meets Climate Goals

With much of the Atlantic and Arctic waters no longer up for grabs for offshore drilling, the U.S. is on the right track to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by 2040.

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As Climate Change Accelerates, Floating Cities Look Like Less of a Pipe Dream

A plan to respond to climate change by building a city of floating islands in the South Pacific is moving forward, with the government of French Polynesia agreeing to consider hosting the islands in a tropical lagoon. But the project has critics in French Polynesia and beyond.

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Kenya: Marine debris threaten to suffocate sea animals

Inform, Pollution
Jan
29

Marine researchers spotted a dolphin suffocating in a plastic bag last week in Watamu, Kenya. The incident, the first to be witnessed there, has raised concern on the safety of the millions of sea animals in the Indian Ocean waters due to the increased cases of plastic waste.

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Isla Vista Apartment Owner ordered to demolish 4 Units After Cliff Collapse, CA

isla vista coastal erosion
Erosion, News
Jan
27

Del Playa coastal bluffs, is one of the most densely-populated area in Isla Vista, the legacy of an era when setbacks were sacrificed for maximum build-out. In recent decades, at least 30 buildings on Del Playa have been cut back because of cliff erosion.

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The Treacherous and Productive Seas of Southern Africa

Inform
Jan
27

The convergence of two ocean currents—one warm and one cold—in the shallow waters of Agulhas Bank produces turbulent and unpredictable waters.

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Japan’s Largest Coral Reef Is Dying

More than 90 percent of the corals in Sekiseishoko reef, located in the Ryukyu Islands near Okinawa, were discovered to be at least partially bleached when surveyed in November and December. About 70 percent of the reef’s living corals were found to have died.

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Trump administration: EPA studies, data must undergo political review before release

The Trump administration is mandating that any studies or data from scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency undergo review by political appointees before they can be released to the public.

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