We Need to Retreat From the Beach

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.

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*

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.

What the Sands Tell Us: a Look Back at Southeastern US Beaches; By Orrin H. Pilkey & William J. Neal

What the Sands Tell Us: a Look Back at Southeastern US Beaches; By Orrin H. Pilkey & William J. Neal

All beaches contain a variety of minerals, unique “suites”, which are like fingerprints in the sand—fingerprints that are clues as to where the sand came from.

The Last Beach, A book by Orrin H. Pilkey And J. Andrew G. Cooper

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.

Let\'s Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona

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...

Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution

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

Light Leak ; By Ray Collins

Light Leak ; By Ray Collins

Light Leak, is an image from Ray Collins.

Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!

Take Action to End Global Beach Sand Mining!

We urge you to become part of the movement by signing the petition to end beach sand mining.

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Sand Mining Will Continue to Relocate Families in Sierra Leone

News, Sand Mining
Jun
26

For people desperate to earn a living, this all translates into break-neck, environmentally disastrous, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week operations to carry hundreds of tonnes of sand from the beaches and sell it to builders as construction material. Not much is being done to stop what is almost a military operation…

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Jobless Youths Revert to Beach Sand Mining, John Obey Beach, Sierra Leone

There´s a construction boom in Sierra Leone. For people desperate to earn a living, this all translates into break-neck, environmentally disastrous, 24-hour, seven-days-a-week operations to carry hundreds of tonnes of sand from the beaches and sell it to builders as construction material.

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Migrating Animals Add New Depth to How the Ocean ‘Breathes’

News
Jun
25

The findings reveal a crucial and underappreciated role that animals have in ocean chemistry on a global scale..

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For our future, today can’t be Obama’s final Act On Climate

President Obama ordered the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants today, as part of a broad-based climate change initiative.

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U.S. Airports Face Increasing Threat From Rising Seas

Due to climate change-related sea level rise, LaGuardia and other coastal hubs throughout the U.S. face a growing risk of flooding during even modest storms.

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The Great Barrier Reef We Stand to Lose; In Pictures

As the UN pressures Australia to better protect the Great Barrier Reef, here are some images of the spectacular wildlife harboured by this vast stretch of coral.

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Los Angeles Unveils Plans For Ocean-Research Centre

News
Jun
24

A 100-year-old dock on the San Pedro waterfront in Los Angeles will be developed into an urban marine research and business park, with the first phase slated for completion in 2018.

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Canadian Quake Refines Pacific Tsunami Risk

News
Jun
24

A study of the magnitude-7.7 earthquake that shook the northern coast of British Columbia, Canada, last October has solved a longstanding argument about the region’s geology. The finding suggests that even Pacific islands as far away as Hawaii might need to worry about tsunamis originating from this part of the Canadian coast.

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Supermoon King Tides Batter Eroded Gold Coast Beaches

Erosion, News
Jun
24

The Gold Coast’s erosion-battered beaches have sustained more damage from king tides coinciding with the “supermoon”.

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Illegal Sand Mining, Banks of the Yamuna River, India

News, Sand Mining
Jun
23

The rain managed to do what the district administration could not for long. The continuing downpour has dampened illegal sand mining operations along the Yamuna river. The officials cited the vast ecological destruction along the Konkan coast as an example of the destructive nature of such illegal sand mining.

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