Dauphin Island, AL ; by George Crozier & John Dindo

Dauphin Island, AL ; by George Crozier & John Dindo

Dauphin Island is a “drumstick” shaped barrier island (16miles/26 km) on the western side of the main pass at Mobile Bay about 48 km (30 miles) south of Mobile, Alabama. The relationship between the east end of the island and the ebb tidal delta, referred to as the “Sand Island/Pelican Island” complex, is extraordinarily dynamic and complex.

Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

To those of us who visit beaches only in summer, they seem as permanent a part of our natural heritage as the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes. But shore dwellers know differently. Beaches are the most transitory of landscapes, and sand beaches the most vulnerable of all.

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.

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

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.

Our Ocean Backyard - Collected Essays; A Book by Gary Griggs

Our Ocean Backyard - Collected Essays; A Book by Gary Griggs

For the three billion people on Earth who live in coastal regions, the ocean is figuratively, if not literally, "our backyard." The oceans enrich our lives in countless ways, but our interactions with them have not always been positive. Gary Griggs, a coastal geologist and oceanographer, is known for making science understandable, enjoyable, and accessible to non-scientists, was asked to write a bi-weekly column, "Our Ocean Backyard" for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

Art Lost; by David Kassman

Art Lost; by David Kassman

Art Lost is an image from David Kassman.

Just Washed In


Storms Reveal Iron Age Skeleton


A series of storms that hit Scotland’s Shetland Islands revealed what archaeologists believe could be 2,000-year-old human remains, dating from the Iron Age.


Iconic Beach Resorts May Not Survive Sea Level Rises

Professor Andrew Cooper, Professor of Coastal Studies in the School of Environmental Sciences at the university’s Coleraine campus, said a rise in sea level of even a few feet could threaten some of the world’s most iconic resorts.


Antarctica Glacier’s Retreat ‘Unprecedented’

In recent decades, Pine Island Glacier’s rapid retreat raised fears that the glacier could “collapse,” freeing the ice sheet it buffers to flow even more rapidly into the southern seas. The West Antarctic Ice contributes 0.15 to 0.30 millimeters per year to sea level rise.


Black Carbon Causes Twice As Much Global Warming Than Previously Thought

Soot from burned wood and diesel exhausts may have twice the impact on global warming than previously thought, according to a new study published today.


UK Tidal Power Has Huge Potential, Say Scientists

The UK is underestimating the amount of electricity that could be generated from tidal sources, new research says.


In The Footsteps Of Darwin

When visiting the confined paradise of the Galápagos, you feel highly toxic being human, far more so than when you read about climate change. Unlike the issue of global warming, there’s no debate: the cause-and-effect cycle is relatively short and very visible…


US Scientists in Fresh Alert Over Effects of Global Warming

US National Climate Assessment reveals that severe weather disruption is going to be commonplace in coming years. The uncompromising language of the report, and the stark picture that its authors have painted of the likely effects of global warming, have profound implications for the rest of the world.


Domestic Climate Laws Are Essential, says UN

Governments must enact domestic laws on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions if international efforts to stall global warming are to succeed, according to the UN’s climate chief.


Flood Walls For Subways And Sea Barriers Along Coasts

News, Sandy Storm

A commission formed to examine ways to guard against storms like Sandy released a report that calls for flood walls in subways, water pumps at airports and sea barriers along the coast…


Unesco-Designated World Heritage Coast At Risk

A “major development” along Unesco-designated Dorset cove, could jeopardise the distinctive nature and feel of one of the gems of the British coastline, the residents and experts have warned.

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