The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced. Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land. Featured image: ©© Bastian
Asilah, Morocco: A Coastal Town Seeking Modernity; By Celie Dailey
Asilah is a beautifully revived town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco whose medina is white washed every year in preparation for its annual arts festival. Outside the medina walls lapped by ocean tides, there is a craggy shore with bright green algae growing on its eroded rocks. To the north, there are wide, flat sandy beaches but to the south, cliffs and caves are found on shoreline.
Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!
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We Need to Retreat From the Beach
As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.
Plastic Refuse; By Santa Aguila Foundation
Plastic Refuse, is an image from Santa Aguila Foundation.
The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper
"The Last Beach" is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time. The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores.
California Coastal Armoring Report: Managing Coastal Armoring and Climate Change Adaptation in the 21st Century; Environment and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program, Stanford Law School*
In response to erosion and storm events, Californians have built seawalls, revetments, and other “coastal armoring” structures along significant portions of California’s coast. Coastal armoring now occupies more than 110 miles, or at least 10 percent, of the overall California coastline, including 33 percent of the southern California coastline. This coastal armoring has diminished California’s beaches and habitat, irreversibly altered bluffs, caused increased erosion to neighboring properties, and marred the natural beauty of the coast.
Let's Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona
Denis Delestrac latest feature documentary, "Sand Wars" is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand! In this TEDxBarcelona talk, he explains us where sand comes from and where it ends up...
Just Washed In
Residents are debating whether to get back into the oil business, 80 years after this wealthy coastal town first banned drilling.
Two American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week, when a training exercise went wrong, the US Navy said, angering environmentalists…
Environmental damage usually trails rapid industrialization in developing countries. Bangladesh’s garment and textile industries have contributed heavily to what experts describe as a water pollution disaster…
A study published in the July 17, issue of the journal PLOS ONE found that more than 80% of tropical forests in Malaysian Borneo, across areas that were considered some of Earth’s wildest lands less than 30 years ago, have been heavily impacted by logging.
Jungles, forests, mangroves, swamps and lagoons are natural carbon storehouses or “sinks” in the Caribbean regions of Mexico. But now studies are being conducted to measure their capacity for absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
A chemical analysis indicates that the source of oil sheens recently found floating at the ocean’s surface near the site of the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill is pockets of oil trapped within the wreckage of the sunken rig.
A new exhibition, Aquatopia: the Imaginary of the Deep, should remind us of the mysteries the sea still holds, as well as the pollution and plastic bottles
While Grenada banned sand mining in 2009, an amendment to the law allows the environment minister to make certain exceptions, and now the government has declared two beaches open to sand mining.
Two types of small beach critters, both cousins of the beloved, backyard roly-poly, are suffering localized extinctions in Southern California at an alarming rate, says a new study by UC Santa Barbara scientists.
An astounding video by l’Institut National de L’Audiovisuel.