Beaches of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan; By William J. Neal & Gregory C. Wilson

Beaches of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan; By William J. Neal & Gregory C. Wilson

Sleeping Bear’s recognition as one of Nature’s masterpieces of the work of glaciers, lakes, wind and water, led to its 71,000 acres being given National Lakeshore status in the National Park System in 1970. Just as significant was the designation of over 32,000 acres of that area as ‘Wilderness’ in the National Wilderness Preservation System in 2014.

Reuters\' Water\'s Edge Report – Part I  And Part II

Reuters' Water's Edge Report – Part I And Part II

A Reuters analysis finds that flooding is increasing along much of the nation’s coastline, forcing many communities into costly, controversial struggles with a relentless foe. (PART I - Insidious Invasion). Despite laws intended to curb development where rising seas pose the greatest threat, Reuters finds that government is happy to help the nation indulge in its passion for beachfront living. (PART II - Against The tide).

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

Ireland

Ireland

Ireland, is an image from Marc Norman.

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.

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.

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.

North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving, Video

North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving, Video

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

Just Washed In

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People’s Tribunal Defends Native Villages from Dams, Mexico

Erosion, News
Nov
16

After listening to the testimonies of people from nine communities that have fought the construction of hydropower complexes in five of the country’s provinces, the members of the PPT issued their verdict condemning the Mexican government and demanding the definitive cancellation of all the hydroelectric megaprojects.

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An Evolving Coastal City

” Not just one solution but many, for an evolving coastal city,” by Marcha Johnson.

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It’s Arithmetic: $4.5 billion Is Small Change For BP

“BP still needs to answer for their gross negligence and these record criminal penalties are a step forward…but this does not pay for the damage BP has done.”

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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.

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San Francisco Bay Sand Mining Raises Question About Beach Erosion

News, Sand Mining
Nov
15

The sediment in San Francisco Bay, once thought of as a renewable resource, is eroding and being removed much more quickly than nature replenishes it.

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BP Gets Record US Criminal Fine Over Deepwater Disaster

BP has received the biggest criminal penalty in US history after agreeing to pay $4.5bn (£2.8bn) to settle criminal charges related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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To Birds, Storm Survival Is Only Natural

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the northeaster, much of the East Coast looked so battered and flooded, so strewed with toppled trees and stripped of dunes and beaches, that many observers feared the worst. Any day now, surely, the wildlife corpses would start showing up, especially birds…

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Ha Long Bay Clean-Up Could Force Floating Fishing Village Inland

News, Pollution
Nov
14

Vietnamese authorities devise resettlement plan for floating residents, whose dumping of waste is killing their livelihood

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Hurricane Sandy Damage Amplified By Breakneck Development Of Coast

News, Sandy Storm
Nov
14

Pell-mell, decades-long rush to throw up housing and businesses along fragile and vulnerable coastlines trumped commonsense concerns about the wisdom of placing hundreds of thousands of closely huddled people in the path of potential cataclysms.

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Climate Adaptation, a Blog by Michael Cote

Despite the bold talk of massive infrastructure improvements in the direct aftermath of the storm called Sandy, Cote wonders if the nation’s famously short memory will prove a barrier now…

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