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).
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, is an image from Marc Norman.
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
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.
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.
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.
Take Action To End Global Beach Sand Mining!
We urge you to become part of the movement by signing the petition to end beach sand mining.
Just Washed In
As Hurricane Sandy churned inland as a downgraded storm, residents up and down the battered mid-Atlantic region woke on Tuesday to lingering waters, and darkened homes. The storm was the most destructive in the 108-year history of New York’s subway system,
Millions of people from Maine to the Carolinas awoke Tuesday without power, and an eerily quiet New York City was all but closed off by car, train and air as superstorm Sandy steamed inland, still delivering punishing wind and rain.
Superstorm Sandy surged inland late Monday, hitting the New Jersey shore and New York Harbor with incredible force. A levee in northern New Jersey failed to hold back Sandy’s storm surge on Tuesday, flooding at least four towns with up to 6 feet of water and forcing residents of one trailer park to climb onto their roofs to escape the rushing water.
On Monday, Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy was ravaging the Mid-Atlantic with heavy rains and tropical storm force winds as it closed in for landfall. The full moon on Monday could cause even greater flooding, because tides will be at their peak, and it was the possibility of a surge that prompted many to take precautions.
The eastern Chinese city of Ningbo has cancelled plans to expand a petrochemical complex following a week of sometimes-violent protests sparked by concerns over the environmental impact
Sir David Attenborough may have lived the perfect life, travelling the world and seeing its wonders before tourism ravaged them. He talks to Robin McKie about his early regrets, battles with climate change deniers, and his favourite place on Earth…
Somewhere off the eastern coast of North Carolina, a frozen mixture of water and methane gas tucked in seabed sediments is starting to break down.
Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate coastal areas Sunday as big cities and small towns across the Northeast buttoned up against the onslaught of a superstorm threatening some 50 million people along the most heavily populated corridor in the nation.
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada; the National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska and Hawaii, but later canceled it for the first two and downgraded it to an advisory for Hawaii.
After causing heavy damage and at least 58 deaths in the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall on the East Coast by Tuesday. No one can be certain how powerful it will become, but the signs are ominous.