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Biodegradable Plastics Are Not the Answer to Reducing Marine Litter, Says UN

News, Pollution
Nov
23

Widespread adoption of products labelled ‘biodegradable’ will not significantly decrease the volume of plastic entering the ocean or the physical and chemical risks that plastics pose to marine environment, concluded a UN report released today.

Extreme Weather Tied to Over 600,000 Deaths Over 2 Decades

Weather-related disasters in the past two decades have killed more than 600,000 people and inflicted economic losses estimated at trillions of dollars, the United Nations said on Monday, warning that the frequency and impact of such events was set to rise.

Brazil Dam Toxic Mud Reaches Atlantic Ocean Via Rio Doce Estuary

News, Pollution
Nov
22

A wave of toxic mud travelling down the Rio Doce river in Brazil from a collapsed dam has reached the Atlantic Ocean, amid concerns it will cause severe pollution.

Coastal Erosion is Washing Away Our Archaeological Footprint, LA

Erosion, Inform
Nov
22

As Louisiana coastline is lost through the combined processes of erosion and subsidence, archaeological sites that were once situated on land erode-away with it and end up submerged, damaged or destroyed fully.

337 Whales Beached in Largest Stranding Ever

Scientists made a startling discovery on an observation flight over a remote fjord in southern Chile’s Patagonia: 337 dead whales. That is the biggest single whale stranding event known to science.

Sand Mining in SF Bay Dealt Blow by State Appeals Court

News, Sand Mining
Nov
21

A California appeals court has ruled that sand in the San Francisco Bay must be considered a public trust resource, potentially challenging the practice of mining for sand in the Bay that’s in turn used in construction projects.

Video: The Moment an Earthquake Destroys One of the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches

Erosion, Films, News
Nov
21

The moment that one of the world’s most beautiful beaches was destroyed this week was caught on camera. An earthquake, which was marked as 6.1 ‘strong’ on the Richter Scale, brought surrounding cliffs down onto the Egremni Beach in Lefkada, Greece.

New Rules to Ease Sandbag Restrictions, NC

Proposed new rules will make it easier for beachfront land owners to build sandbag walls and leave them in place for longer periods. Members of the state panel directed by the N.C. General Assembly to create the rules expressed fears that the new, looser restrictions could result in hardened beaches along the entire N.C. coast.

US Kids’ Lawsuit Over Climate Change Gathers Steam

The plaintiffs argue the federal government has known about the danger of carbon emissions since 1965, but has not done enough to stem them, as a result jeopardizing such vital natural resources as the air, seas, coastlines, water and wildlife.

Sea Traffic Pollutes Our Lungs More Than Previously Thought

News, Pollution
Nov
20

New data show that the air along the coasts is full of hazardous nanoparticles from sea traffic. Almost half of the measured particles stem from sea traffic emissions, while the rest is deemed to be mainly from cars but also industries and natural particles from the sea.

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