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.
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.
Plastic Refuse; By Santa Aguila Foundation
Plastic Refuse, is an image from Santa Aguila Foundation.
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.
California Coastal Armoring Report: Managing Coastal Armoring and Climate Change Adaptation in the 21st Century; Environment and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program, Stanford Law School*
In response to erosion and storm events, Californians have built seawalls, revetments, and other “coastal armoring” structures along significant portions of California’s coast. Coastal armoring now occupies more than 110 miles, or at least 10 percent, of the overall California coastline, including 33 percent of the southern California coastline. This coastal armoring has diminished California’s beaches and habitat, irreversibly altered bluffs, caused increased erosion to neighboring properties, and marred the natural beauty of the 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
Asilah, Morocco: A Coastal Town Seeking Modernity; By Celie Dailey
Asilah is a beautifully revived town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco whose medina is white washed every year in preparation for its annual arts festival. Outside the medina walls lapped by ocean tides, there is a craggy shore with bright green algae growing on its eroded rocks. To the north, there are wide, flat sandy beaches but to the south, cliffs and caves are found on shoreline.
Let's Talk About Sand: Denis Delestrac At TEDxBarcelona
Denis Delestrac latest feature documentary, "Sand Wars" is an epic eco-thriller that takes the audience around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: we are running out of sand! In this TEDxBarcelona talk, he explains us where sand comes from and where it ends up...
Just Washed In
In a development that will help predict potential sea level rise from the Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have used an innovation in radar analysis to accurately image the vast subglacial water system under West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier. On its own, Thwaites contains enough fresh water to raise oceans by about a meter.
Dunes along much of the mid-Atlantic coast are vulnerable to extreme erosion in a Category 1 hurricane, a U.S. Geological Survey report says.
The world’s largest offshore wind farm, which can generate enough electricity for half a million homes, was officially opened off Britain’s south-east coast on Thursday.
Croatia joined the European Union on July 1st, becoming the 28th member, but this Adriatic nation has been tempting tourists to its shores for years. Despite its booming popularity and bewitching coastline, Croatia remains in places quaintly underdeveloped.
In the south of Bangladesh, one of the countries most at threat from climate change, entire islands are being washed away by tidal surges and storms leaving their inhabitants in increasingly desperate straits. A IRIN video documentary.
A marine biologist traveled to southwestern Alaska in search of ocean trash that had washed up along a magnificent coast rich in fish, birds, and other wildlife. He and his colleagues found plenty of trash – as much as a ton of garbage per mile on some beaches.
A huge whale made an appearance among the wave riders at Sydney’s famed Bondi Beach early Sunday and sent one of them flying with its tail. Whales are a common sight off Sydney’s coast at this time of year as they migrate north, but it is very rare for them to swim so close to beaches.
The project links a pair of strange bedfellows: One is an oil-rich Persian Gulf state of 8 million ruled by a dynastic monarchy, and the other is a democratically governed island nation of 86,000 where tropical beaches and hotels lure more than 200,000 well-heeled tourists every year.
Scientists have discovered a diverse multitude of microbes colonizing and thriving on flecks of plastic that have polluted the oceans—a vast new human-made flotilla of microbial communities that they have dubbed the “plastisphere.”
The pillaging of sand is a growing practice in the world. Taken by hand, three or four meters deep in the Maldives archipelago, or transported on a donkey, or sucked up by huge sand boats in Asia, coastal sand mining, authorized or unlawful, is exploding.