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Coastal Care 2017: In Numbers and Achievements

Our deepest gratitude and thanks to our immensely talented and highly inspiring contributors of 2017.
— Santa Aguila Foundation – Coastal Care.

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The UN Starts a Conservation Treaty for the High Seas

The nations of the world have launched a historic two-year process to create the first-ever international treaty to protect life in the high seas. Covering nearly half of the planet, the high seas are international waters where no country has jurisdiction.

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A Chilly End to 2017 for the Northeast

The cold weather pattern has its origins in a large bulge, or ridge, in the jet stream that has brought unseasonably warm weather to Alaska.

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Haiti : Transplantation of 85,000 mangrove seedlings

Following a recent study conducted by UN-Environment Haiti, to identify threats to mangrove ecosystems, the Ministry of the Environment, supported by UN, launched last November transplantation of red mangrove seedlings into damaged areas. 35 people have transplanted more than 85,000 seedlings…

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Coastline changes; Hanalei, Kauai

Erosion, News
Dec
29

A wall of tangled roots separates the park at Black Pot from the beach, and the erosion has drastically changed the beach from six months ago. While geologists say shifting sands aren’t unusual, it’s a prediction of what could be coming in the next few decades and scientists say long-term studies of the area are necessary.

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The US President Doesn’t Care to Understand Global Warming

It’s a shame—ours and his…

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Maui community scrambles to save a cemetery washing away

Erosion, News
Dec
29

The growing threat of coastal erosion is taking a toll on dozens of properties on Maui, including a cemetery at an historic site.

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The Caribbean is stressed out

Forty percent of the world’s 2.5 billion people live in coastal cities and towns. A team of marine biologists just released 25 years of data about the health of Caribbean coasts.

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Already on Brink, Right Whales Are Pushed Closer to the Edge

North Atlantic right whales are one of the world’s most critically endangered large whales. For a few decades, the math for North Atlantic right whales seemed to be working out, and the whales appeared to be experiencing a tentative recovery. But beginning in 2010, the tiny gains in their numbers began eroding.

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