Just Washed In

An Environmental Impact Statement: Abstraction of Destruction


The vivid color photographs of J. Henry Fair lead an uneasy double life as potent records of environmental pollution and as ersatz evocations of abstract painting, a strange battle between medium and message, between harsh truths and trite, generic beauty. His subjects include environmental degradation perpetuated on a regular, usually daily basis. “Abstraction of Destruction” is an exhibition at the Gerald Peters Gallery.

Sea Urchins and Overfishing Impact on Kenya Coast’s Reefs

An 18-year study of Kenya’s coral reefs by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of California at Santa Cruz has found that overfished reef systems have more sea urchins, organisms that in turn eat coral algae that build tropical reef systems.

United Nations Seeks Emergency Flood Aid as Death Toll Rises in Sri Lanka


The worst hit district was Batticaloa, a coastal city in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka.

Tracking Source of Microbial Contamination at the Beach

News, Pollution

Reliable methods to determine the origins of contaminants are needed in order to reduce those sources and maintain a healthy beach.

Presidential Panel: Tougher Rules Urged for Offshore Drilling

Releasing its final report, the presidential panel investigating the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, found that the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill arose from a preventable series of corporate and regulatory failures. New regulations for offshore oil operations are recommended.

Sea Level Rise And The World’s Beaches, by Orrin H. Pilkey

Of all the various anticipated impacts of global climate change, sea level rise will likely be the first to produce a human catastrophe on a global scale. If our beaches are to survive for our grandchildren’s enjoyment, the time has come to plan the big withdrawal.

Scope and Pace of Gulf Cleanup Is Criticized

Tar balls are still washing up on beaches. Visible sheen is still showing up in certain places in the wake of motorboats. Oil is being washed out of some areas, where it was buried, only to show up someplace else.

Sand Dollars


The best time for beachcombers to look for sand dollars is at low tide right after a storm.

Drawing up a Global “Red List” of Vanishing Ecosystems

Now scientists are figuring out how to catalog and map the world’s most threatened ecosystems, such as mangrove, just like their familiar list of endangered species.

Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Surprises Scientists

Calling the results “extremely surprising,” researchers from UCSB and Texas A&M University report that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have returned to near normal levelsonly months after a massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

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The World's Beaches
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