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Beach rebuilding efforts won’t stave off climate change impacts forever

Supplemental sand may have saved a North Carolina beach from Hurricane Florence, but some say the projects aren’t worth it.


More than ever, our clothes are made of plastic. Just washing them can pollute the oceans.

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It’s no secret that too many of the plastic products we use end up in the ocean. But you might not be aware of one major source of that pollution: our clothes.

Underwater walls could stop glaciers from melting, scientists say

Barriers of sand and rock positioned at the base of glaciers would stop ice sheets sliding and collapsing, and prevent warm water from eroding the ice from beneath, according to new research.

Satellite image shows Florence’s floodwaters polluting the Atlantic

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As the Carolinas’ swollen rivers crest, their “polluted floodwaters” are dumping out into the Atlantic, visibly discoloring the water offshore, federal experts have noted.

Climate change modifies the composition of reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink. A study has analyzes for the first time why gorgonians are more resistant than corals to human impacts and global climate change.

Before-and-after aerial photos show destruction, beach erosion on North Carolina coastline


Aerial images captured the destruction Hurricane Florence inflicted on the North Carolina coastline, from lines of houses shorn of their shingles to sand-covered streets.

Micronizing ocean plastics threaten sea turtle populations, ocean life cycle

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Ingestion of degrading ocean plastics likely poses a substantial risk to the survival of post-hatchling sea turtles because the particles can lead to blockages and nutritional deficiencies, according to new research.

Catastrophic construction: Storms can build reef islands in atoll regions

Many coral reef islands, or atolls, are created by water moving sand and gravel, piling it up into consecutive ridged layers. However, new research has uncovered a different type of island construction: storm-deposited boulders.

Hurricane Florence – Preliminary Assessment for Bogue Banks Oceanfront (9/16/18)

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Florence becomes the storm of record (twice) for high water level at the Beaufort tide gage. See before and after photo slideshow.

Scientists warned of rising sea levels in NC. Republican lawmakers shelved their recommendations.

The state’s coastal plain, would not be in such grave danger if lawmakers had not rejected a study prepared by a panel of scientists and engineers, that predicted the sea level would rise 39 inches by 2100 because of climate change.

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