Surfing from / January, 2018

2018 International Year of the Reef, UNEP

Over the last three decades, half of the planet’s coral has died under rising water temperatures and ocean acidification. To address this global crisis, global environmental leaders and countries have named this the International Year of the Reef.

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Could underwater sound waves be the key to early tsunami warnings?

News
Jan
25

Mathematicians have devised a way of calculating the size of a tsunami and its destructive force well in advance of it making landfall by measuring fast-moving underwater sound waves, opening up the possibility of a real-time early warning system.

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Cost of recreating in polluted water estimated at $2.9 billion nationwide!

News, Pollution
Jan
24

A new study published on January 9, 2018 by Environmental Health Journal estimates the national cost of getting sick from recreating in polluted water is $2.9 billion nationwide.

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Rhône River Delta

Celebrate, Inform
Jan
23

The Rhône delta in southern France, is famous in Europe as a wilderness, and with its long beaches on the Mediterranean Sea coast. This mainly rural region boasts a surprisingly rich natural environment known as the Camargue.

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On the Chesapeake, A Precarious Future of Rising Seas and High Tides; Video

Maryland’s Dorchester County is ground zero for climate change on Chesapeake Bay, as rising seas claim more and more land. An e360 video explores the quiet beauty of this liquid landscape and how high tides and erosion are putting the bay’s rural communities at risk.

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Seabed mining could destroy ecosystems

Mining on the ocean floor could do irreversible damage to deep-sea ecosystems, says a new study of seabed mining proposals around the world. The deep sea (depths below 200m) covers about half of the Earth’s surface and is home to a vast range of species.

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Fiji: Mangrove concern

Regional environmental protection agencies recently questioned Fiji’s commitment to oceans and coral health by highlighting the continued removal and destruction of mangroves in the country.

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South Africa: Setback for Giant West Coast Mine Project

News, Sand Mining
Jan
22

The government has rejected an application by a controversial Australian mining company for a huge expansion of its existing Tormin heavy mineral sands mine near Koekenaap on the West Coast. Tormin has been in operation since October 2013, produces heavy sands minerals from the beach.

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More Than 1,000 Starfish Wash up on South Carolina Beaches

News
Jan
22

“Mass starfish strandings” are more common than we think.

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