A Tsunami Sculpted Beach, Sermermiut Beach, Jacobshaven Icefjord World Heritage Site, South of Ilulissat, Western Greenland; By Harold R. Wanless And John C. Van Leer

A Tsunami Sculpted Beach, Sermermiut Beach, Jacobshaven Icefjord World Heritage Site, South of Ilulissat, Western Greenland; By Harold R. Wanless And John C. Van Leer

Sermermiut is a spectacular beach of gravel and sand studded with small to large chunks of ice stranded there by tsunamis created by the frequent breaking and rolling of nearby giant icebergs.

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: © Coastal Care.

North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving; A Video

North Carolina: The Beaches Are Moving; A Video

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

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.

Sunset at Deveraux Point

Sunset at Deveraux Point

Sunset at Deveraux Point, is an image from Chris Orwig.

Exploring Deep Sea Volcanoes off the Coast of Barbados: An Artist\'s Perspective

Exploring Deep Sea Volcanoes off the Coast of Barbados: An Artist's Perspective

Mary Edna Fraser, an artist known for her large-scale batiks on silk and illustrations of geology and geography, was invited on the Research Vessel Atlantis, to capture the essence of discovery as scientists mapped the seafloor. Image courtesy of © Mary Edna Fraser

California Coast From The Air: Images of a Changing Landscape

California Coast From The Air: Images of a Changing Landscape

In a state identified with change, California' s 1,100-mile coastline lives up to the reputation. Gary Griggs, professor of Earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, has written many books about the California coast. The latest is California Coast from the Air, a collection of stunning aerial photographs of the state's coastline with captions by Griggs and Deepika Shrestha Ross.

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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Twenty Beaches Affected by Extreme Coastal Erosion, Java

Lack of mangrove plantations at the southern coast of Malang district, East Java, has caused severe abrasion of shorelines along at least 20 beaches in the region, according to officials.

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UN Aims at Universal Access to Clean Energy by 2030

UN chief Ban Ki-moon outlined plans at the Rio+20 summit to provide universal access to energy by 2030 with tens of billion of dollars in funding from business and investors, for 1.3 billion people in more than 50 developing countries.

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The View from the Top

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Jun
21

There have been many images of the full disc of Earth from space, a view often referred to as “the Blue Marble,” but few have looked quite like this.

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Hawaiian Seabirds Vulnerable to Sea-Level Rise on Low-Lying Atoll

The Hawaiian Islands’ largest atoll, French Frigate Shoals, is key to understanding how seabird nesting habitat will change with predicted rising sea levels, according to a team of U.S. Geological Survey biologists.

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Alan Gastelum, Photographer, Lobbies New York City To Address East River Garbage

News, Pollution
Jun
20

New York’s East River has had its share of environmental challenges over the years. And while progress has been made since the days when raw sewage and industrial runoff poured unchecked into its waters, portions of the tidal strait remain magnets for garbage and other pollutants.

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies; the Answer Lies in the Gulf

As the slow-burn of climate change spreads across the four corners of the globe, governments are fanning the global flames by dishing out a trillion dollars of fossil fuel subsidies each year, creating a perpetual pollution-pumping machine that’s poisoning the planet with ever-greater intensity. NRDC and other NGOs are demanding that world leaders focus instead on promoting rapidly developing clean energy technologies to protect our natural resources and maintain a sustainable planet. It’s not rocket science. But there are powerful special interests standing in the way…

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Seeping Arctic Methane Has Serious Implications for Florida Coastline

The more the ice cap melts, the more methane is released into the atmosphere, and the more the climate warms. This phenomenon causes sea levels to rise, which is particularly problematic along the flat Florida coastline, where a 1-foot rise in sea level could cause anywhere from 10 to 100 feet of shoreline retreat..

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Indian Sadhus Protest Dam Projects on Holy Ganges

Hundreds of saffron-clad Indian sadhus, or holy men, protested in New Delhi against plans to construct more than 50 dams on the River Ganges, whose waters are sacred to millions of Hindus.

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Mexico Axes Baja Resort Over Environmental Fears

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he is cancelling the construction of a huge tourist resort in Baja California over concerns it could damage the nearby marine reserve, Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, which is described as the world’s healthiest marine reserve…

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Vast coastal erosion threatens Bali shorelines

Bali Regional administrations face the gigantic task of tackling the continuing erosion that threatens the island’s already damaged shorelines and coastal areas…

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