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Impact of 2004 Asian tsunami could have been reduced with mangroves

Many of Indonesia’s mangrove forests were cleared before 2004 for shrimp farms (aquaculture) – subsequent research showed that mangroves and other forests could help protect coastlines and people from the force of tsunamis, hurricanes, and rising sea levels.

NOAA Asks Public to Report Injured Whales

Humpback whales are dying in unusually high numbers off of the Atlantic coast, from Maine to North Carolina, and the federal government is asking the public to report any more sightings of whales. Federal officials reported last week that 41 whales have died in the past 15 months in what marine scientists coin an “unusual mortality event.”

Sea level rise poses serious threat to Charleston; By Orrin H. Pilkey

Rising seas are the first truly global environmental disaster related to climate change. Millions of people will be forced from their homes as the seas drown the atoll nations, devastate much of barrier-island and river-delta civilizations and, of course, invade the world’s coastal cities including Charleston.

Plasticized Sand; By Santa Aguila Foundation

Plasticized Sand, is an image from Santa Aguila Foundation.

The natural bridges of Santa Cruz County; By Gary Griggs

While most coastlines often appear to be stable and permanent over the short time span of our visits, and some are, there are many others where the materials making up the coastal bluffs or cliffs are no match for the forces the sea exerts…Over time, the ocean always wins. In baseball terms, Mother Nature always bats last.

Battling erosion an endless job for South Carolina beach towns

In South Carolina, beach renourishment is a never-ending job…

Slathering on sunscreen at the beach? It may be destroying coral reefs

Studies show that oxybenzone, a common chemical found particularly in spray-on sunscreens, contributes to coral bleaching and leaves reefs deformed.

Orca pod filmed hunting whale calf in ‘unprecedented’ California killing spree

In an “unprecedented” rash of attacks, a pod of killer whales in Monterey Bay, California, has killed four gray whales in a week, a phenomenon one researcher hasn’t seen in her 30-year career.

Climate March draws massive crowd to D.C. in sweltering heat

On what could be a record-hot day, tens of thousands of demonstrators assembled in Washington on Saturday for the next installment of the regular protests that now mark the Trump era.

How Would Just 2 Degrees of Warming Change the Planet?

Why are climate scientists so alarmed about a worldwide temperature increase of just 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius)?

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