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.
A Tale of Two Beaches: Tompire Bay, NE Trinidad; By John Weber, William Neal & Jeanette Arkle
Trinidad, West Indies, has many beautiful beaches and among the most interesting are those of the Northern Trinidad coast.
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 Mutlti-Awards Winner 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.
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.
Seawalls Kill Beaches: Open Letters by Warner Chabot And Rob Young, Ph.D
A report and open letter from coastal geologists Warner Chabot and Rob Young.
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.
Indian Summer, Channel islands; By Santa Aguila Foundation
Indian Summer, Channel islands, is an image from Santa Aguila Foundation.
Just Washed In
Save Sand? Protect Lawn? Inside the debate over the future of a southern california popular coastal park and ongoing battle with beach erosion.
Rampant sand mining will have dire ecological consequences, warn environmentalists.
The six-kilometer-wide Strait of Tiran between the Egyptian mainland and Tiran Island separates the Gulf of Aqaba from the Red Sea.
Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain.
From forcing the river to change its course, to affecting the groundwater tables and adversely impacting the habitat of micro-organisms, the ramifications of illegal sand mining are many.
At the tip of Southern Africa lies Cape Point, a prized tourist attraction and one of the country’s most beautiful, secluded beaches.
The seemingly unceasing mining operation on the Yamuna and Hindon riverbeds in western Uttar Pradesh is encouraged by the increasing demand for sand for construction by realtors.
Weather occurs within the broader context of the climate, and there’s a high level of agreement among scientists that global warming has made it more likely that heat waves and wildfires of this magnitude will occur. While temperatures are increasing globally, the warming in Russia since the mid-1970s has been more rapid than most areas.
The natural processes that bring sand to most beaches in Southern California have been disrupted by development and other human activities.
Back to the future: Scientists look into Earth’s “Deep Time” to predict future effects of climate change
Climate change alters the way in which species interact with one another, a reality that applies not just to today or to the future, but also to the past.