El Expolio De La Arena

El Expolio De La Arena

In this original version, investigative journalist Cristina Sáez, writing for leading spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, exposes how extensive, detrimental, silenced yet utterly pervasive "The pillaging of beach sand" has become.

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.

Still Time to Act on Climate Change - Need for Action!

Still Time to Act on Climate Change - Need for Action!

There is still a window of opportunity to prevent dangerous climate change and preserve the planet for future generations. But it is closing fast, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which says that the urgent need to cut greenhouse gases is based on overwhelming scientific evidence.

Shallow Water Soloing, Pounders Beach, Oahu

Shallow Water Soloing, Pounders Beach, Oahu

Shallow Water Soloing, Pounders Beach, Oahu, is an image from Ryan Moss.

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.

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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"The Beaches Are Moving," A Video

World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey takes us to the beach and explains why erosion has become a problem.

Monterey Bay, California: Beach Sand Mining from a National Marine Sanctuary; By Gary Griggs

Monterey Bay, California: Beach Sand Mining from a National Marine Sanctuary; By Gary Griggs

The 30-mile long, continuous sandy shoreline around Monterey Bay is the most visited stretch of shoreline on the central coast. Yet, it holds the dubious distinction of being the only active beach sand mining operation along the entire United States shoreline. To make matters even worse, it all takes place along the shoreline of a protected National Marine Sanctuary. Something is seriously wrong with this picture.

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565,000 Pounds Of Oiled Material From Deepwater Horizon Stirred Up By Hurricane Isaac

About 565,000 pounds of oiled material from the Deepwater Horizon spill was brought to the surface by Hurricane Isaac, more than had been collected in eight months before the storm, the state’s coastal protection agency said.

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Antarctic Seas In The Balance

Next week, negotiators at a meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources may try to contain the accelerating rush to access the region’s natural resources. At stake is one of the planet’s last great wildernesses, as well as the credibility of the international body set up to protect Antarctica’s marine life…

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Cornwall and Scotland Hold UK’s Wave Power Potential

News
Oct
17

The Atlantic ocean off Cornwall and the west coast of Scotland show the greatest promise for generating electricity from the waves that crash around the British Isles, according to new research.

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Alexandria Originally Aligned With Sun on King’s Birthday

Inform
Oct
16

The Egyptian city of Alexandria, home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, may have been built to align with the rising sun on the day of Alexander the Great’s birth, a new study finds.

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Wings Of Waste Flight: Using Plastics For Fuel

News, Pollution
Oct
15

Discarded plastics choke our oceans and waterways, but what if they could be used to fly over the oceans instead? That’s the idea behind Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell’s upcoming On Wings of Waste flight, which will take him 12,000 miles from Australia to England using fuel made from old plastics.

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Prestige Oil Tanker Spill: Three Go On Trial in Spain

News, Pollution
Oct
15

A Spanish court will on Tuesday start trying three people accused of causing one of Europe’s worst oil spills when the Prestige tanker went down off north-west Galicia in November 2002.

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Scientists Say Billions Required To Meet Conservation Targets

Reducing the risk of extinction for threatened species and establishing protected areas for nature will cost the world over $76bn dollars annually… Researchers say the daunting number is just a fifth of what the world spends on soft drinks annually.

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Megacities Pose Serious Health Challenge

News, Pollution
Oct
13

Rapid urbanization will take a heavy toll on public health if city planning and development do not incorporate measures to tackle air pollution. There are now 23 megacities in the world, compared with just two 60 years ago.

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Arctic Summer Wind Shift Could Affect Sea Ice

Changes in summer Arctic wind patterns contribute not only to an unprecedented loss of Arctic sea ice, but could also bring about shifts in North American and European weather, according to a new NOAA-led study.

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India Ignoring Coastal Biodiversity; NGOs

Indian civil society organisations see in the 11th United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD), underway in this south Indian city, a rare opportunity to highlight alleged neglect of biodiversity along the country’s extensive coastal and marine areas.

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