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Vietnam UNESCO Heritage Threatened by Erosion as Dams Stop Sedimentation

Erosion, News
Jun
12

There has been a surge in dam building in the past three years, leading to a significant reduction in sediments being washed down to the estuary in the beach town of Hoi An,

The Monster 11-Ton Net That Threatened Hawaii’s Coast

Inform, Pollution
Jun
12

A year passed between the first sighting of this 11-ton fishing net monster by experts, drifting near the northern Hawaiian Islands, and when they finally located again and hauled it up. In that time, the net had broken free of a GPS tracking device, killed or injured multiple large marine animals and devastated giant swaths of coral.

15 Facts About Sea Level Rise; A CNN Report

We’re talking about the future here, so estimates vary by source, but the bottom line is this: Our actions today will create the world future generations will have to inhabit. Here’s a look at some of the scariest data about how much ocean levels could rise, and when.

Making Climate Models Available to the Public

On June 9, 2015, NASA released data showing how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 as a result of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. The 11-terabyte data set is freely available to the public and shows projected changes in response to different scenarios of increasing carbon dioxide.

Cordell Bank, Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries Expanded

News
Jun
11

The expansion of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries off northern California took effect June 9, following a 45-day period of Congressional review. The expansion will help protect the region’s marine and coastal habitats, biological resources and special ecological features.

A Sustainable Approach to Preventing Ocean Plastic Pollution

Inform, Pollution
Jun
10

First and foremost, we’ve learned that sustainable change will come through an educated and aware society. Although we know sustainable change begins with education, we’re well aware that major solutions are being achieved through attacking the problem at its source.

The Beach Belongs to Everyone

In 2014, the Legislature and Governor gave the California Coastal Commission the authority to fine property owners who intentionally block public access to the coast. Previously, the CCC’s only leverage against homeowners blocking beach access was litigation, which wealthy beach house owners and coastal homeowner associations could drag out for years in court.

Last Call for Larsen B

Located on the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Larsen B remnant is about 1,600 square kilometers (625 square miles) in area and as much as 500 meters (1,640 feet) thick. This last remaining section of Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is weakening and is likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.

Request by Exxon to Haul Oil After Pipeline Break Denied

News, Pollution
Jun
10

Officials denied a request Tuesday by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil from offshore wells through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break that has become the state’s largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

Five Centuries of Flooding Events in the SW Netherlands; 1500–2000

A new study shows that, from 1500 until 2000, about a third of floods in southwestern Netherlands were deliberately caused by humans during wartimes. Some of these inundations resulted in significant changes to the landscape, being as damaging as floods caused by heavy rainfall or storm surges.

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