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.

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.

Art Lost; by David Kassman

Art Lost; by David Kassman

Art Lost is an image from David Kassman.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Just Washed In

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Malibu Tempers Fray As Fin Whale Carcass Rots On Beach

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Dec
8

Sadness and anger in beach community as local authorities’ failure to deal with dead whale leads to fears for public safety

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Expanding Environmental Democracy: Moving Forward With Principle 10

A number of Latin American and Caribbean countries took a huge step forward in ensuring environmental democracy for their citizens. At a UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) meeting in November, these countries agreed on a road map to ensure full implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration.

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Japan Earthquake Sparks Tsunami Scare

A 7.3-magnitude quake has struck off Japan’s eastern coast, triggering a small tsunami and sparking evacuations. A one-metre wave hit Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture and many people heeded calls to move to higher ground before all alerts were later lifted.

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South Korea Drops Plans To Resume Whaling

South Korea has dropped plans to resume whaling in its coastal waters amid a storm of international criticism, and will instead use non-lethal methods to conduct research into the mammals.

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Dispatches From Doha: “The Lack Of Urgency Is Disquieting”

It’s midway through the final week of the UN COP 18 Climate Negotiations, yet there’s an eerie calm in the sprawling conference hall. What’s happening inside the conference center stands in stark contrast to what we’re witnessing outside.

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Liberia: Bans Beach Sand Mining

The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) has announced that it would be closing all beaches throughout the country from sand mining.

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Arctic Continues To break Records In 2012

The Arctic region continued to break records in 2012, among them the loss of summer sea ice, spring snow cover, and melting of the Greenland ice sheet. This was true even though air temperatures in the Arctic were unremarkable relative to the last decade, according to a new report released today.

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Tell the BLM: Don’t Frack California

California still has zero regulation to protect our health and water from dangerous fracking, but that’s not stopping the Bureau of Land Management from auctioning off almost 18,000 acres of land for oil drilling and fracking next week.

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Typhoon Bopha hits storm-battered southern Philippines

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Dec
5

On Dec. 5, 2012, Bopha crossed over Palawan and entered the South China Sea after crossing over the southern Philippines’ Mindanao region, leaving death and destruction in its wake.

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Gulf Oil Spill: Oil-Dispersing Chemicals Had Little Effect On Oil Surfacing

As the Deepwater Horizon incident unfolded, in an effort to prevent the oil from coming to the surface and reaching coastal and marsh ecosystems, chemical dispersants were injected at the wellhead. A new study is the first to examine the effects of the use of unprecedented quantities of dispersants, over such a prolonged period of time in the deep ocean.

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