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Will Tidal and Wave Energy Ever Live Up to Their Potential?

As solar and wind power grow, another renewable energy source with vast potential — the power of tides and waves — continues to lag far behind. But progress is now being made as governments and the private sector step up efforts to bring marine energy into the mainstream.

Ocean Protection Is Gaining Momentum

Extraordinary progress in the past decade has brought 1.6 percent of the world’s ocean to a category of ‘strongly protected,’ researchers say in a new analysis. International policy agreements call for protection of 10 percent of coastal and marine areas by 2020, while some conservation organizations and most scientists say 20-50 percent of ocean protection is needed.

Rising Seas Will Drown Mangrove Forests Around the Indo-Pacific Region

Even with relatively low sea-level rises, mangrove forests around the Indo-Pacific region could be submerged by 2070, international research says. However the outlook in other parts of the world, where there are relatively large tidal ranges and/or higher sediment supply, was more positive.

Officials Scramble for Funding to Replenish Storm-Damaged Beaches, SC

The trifecta in recent weeks of storm surge from Hurricane Joaquin, king tides, and nearly 2 feet of record rainfall, contributed to the loss of nearly 80 percent of the sand that replenished North Myrtle Beaches during the last $11 million-renourishment project in 2008.

The Sand Thieves of Larache, Northern Morocco

Trois jours par semaine, les travailleurs de Larache, au Maroc, amènent des bulldo-zers sur la plage et prennent autant de sable qu’ils le peuvent. Quoique leurs patrons disposent de permis, ils viennent aussi en toute illégalité les week-ends, se servant d’ânes et de pelles pour ravager un peu plus le paysage.

Map Shows Where Sea Level Rise Will Drown American Cities

No matter what we do to curb global warming, these and other beloved US cities will sink below rising seas, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But making extreme carbon cuts and moving to renewable energy could save millions of people living in iconic coastal areas of the United States.

Plastic oceans: What do we know?

Inform, Pollution

When it comes to throwing away rubbish, “away” is not some abstract space but a real location… About eight million tonnes of plastic waste are added to the oceans every year. An Exeter University research estimated that anyone consuming an average amount of seafood would ingest about 11,000 plastic particles a year.

‘Repetitive Loss’ Properties Raise Debate Over Rebuilding After Floods

Throughout Connecticut, thousands of homes have suffered: repetitive loss, as FEMA calls it, from flooding. Many residents have rebuilt multiple times. And many, also have used government funds from an alphabet soup of federal programs and agencies to do some, if not all, of the work. But shoreline and climate experts, public officials and others have grown increasingly critical of such programs.

Food Chain Collapse Predicted in World’s Oceans

The first-of-its-kind global analysis of marine responses to climate change forecasts a grim future for fish. The world’s oceans are teeming with life, but rising carbon dioxide emissions could cause a collapse in the marine food chain from the top down, researchers in Australia said Monday.

Indonesia’s Protest Generation And Biggest Punk Band Are Fighting Land Reclamation

The protest, last summer, was just the latest surrounding a planned development that will “reclaim” 700-plus hectares of land from Benoa Bay, and its adjacent mangrove swamps, at the eastern end of Bali’s international airport, to create a number of Dubai-esque islands, hosting villas, luxury hotels, a golf course, and possibly even an amusement park.

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