The Colors Of Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

The Colors Of Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

The color of any beach reflects the mineral composition of the sand grains. Whether derived from the local bluffs or cliffs, the rivers and creeks that drain to the coast, or the organisms that may populate the near shore area, or coralline algae, mollusks, foraminifera or any of a number of other invertebrates that make hard skeletons or shells, it is these locally derived materials that make each beach a little different and somewhat unique.

Exploring Deep Sea Volcanoes off the Coast of Barbados: An Artist\'s Perspective

Exploring Deep Sea Volcanoes off the Coast of Barbados: An Artist's Perspective

Mary Edna Fraser, an artist known for her large-scale batiks on silk and illustrations of geology and geography, was invited on the Research Vessel Atlantis, to capture the essence of discovery as scientists mapped the seafloor. Image courtesy of © Mary Edna Fraser

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.

Xboundary: a Film about Extreme Pollution Risks by Open-Pit Mining in British Columbia and Threats to Wildlife and Economy

Xboundary: a Film about Extreme Pollution Risks by Open-Pit Mining in British Columbia and Threats to Wildlife and Economy

An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines — at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska — has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks... These concerns were heightened with the August 4, 2014 catastrophic tailings dam failure at nearby Mount Polley Mine in B.C.’s Fraser River watershed. A Salmon Film By Ryan Peterson.

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.

Eight Gabions; By Mary Flynn

Eight Gabions; By Mary Flynn

Eight Gabions is an image from Mary Flynn.

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations? Based on encounters with sand smugglers, corrupt politicians, unscrupulous real estate developers and environmentalists, this investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “SAND WARS” have begun.

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

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Petroleum Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Automobiles Could Drop 80 Percent by 2050

A new National Research Council report finds that by the year 2050, the U.S. may be able to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent for light-duty vehicles, cars and small trucks, via a combination of more efficient vehicles.


The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant, Big Picture

The world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, Shams 1, launched on Sunday, representing a major milestone in the development of renewable energy in the Middle East. Taking three years to build, the $600m plant is located in Abu Dhabi’s western region, the heart of the UAE’s hydrocarbon industry.


New Water-Quality Test May Prevent Unnecessary Beach Closures


A new rapid water-quality test may prevent beaches from being closed by providing accurate same day results of bacteria levels, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.


Significant Contribution of Greenland’s Peripheral Glaciers to Sea-Level Rise

Glaciers at the edge of Greenland which are not connected to its huge ice sheet, or can be clearly separated from it, are contributing to sea-level rise much more than previously thought.


Fish Near Fukushima Reportedly Contains High Cesium Level

The Japanese utility that owns the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant says it has detected a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in a fish caught close to the plant. Most fish along the Fukushima coast are barred from market.


BP Appeal Over ‘Absurd’ Gulf Oil Spill Payouts

Oil giant BP is taking legal action in the US to limit payouts by a fund set up to compensate those affected by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


Patagonia’s New Marine Parks, In Pictures

The National Congress of Argentina has recently created two new marine protected areas, the Pingüino Coastal Marine Park and Makenke Coastal Marine Park.


Hunting High Sea Levels in South Africa

Along the coast of South Africa, researchers explore ancient rock formations dating to a period about 120,000 years ago when the earth was warmer and sea level was higher than today, trying to find clues and determine just how high the oceans might rise in a warmer world.


Pollution Kills Thousands of Fish in Brazil

News, Pollution

Thousands of fish have been removed from the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, after oxygen levels dropped due to pollution, according to local media.


Tallying natural disaster-related losses


For three consecutive years, natural hazards have cost the world more than US$100 billion a year, according to new data from the Brussels-based Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), released in Geneva.

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