Olympia Hypothesis: Tsunamis Buried the Cult Site On the Peloponnese

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Olympia a sanctuary of ancient Greece in Elis, is known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times. Altis, around 18 kilometers away from the Ionian Sea, was a location in what is today Peloponnese, Greece. The Philippeion was a circular building erected by Philip II of Macedonia, memorial of ivory and gold, which contained statues of Philip’s family, Alexander the Great, Olympias, Amyntas III and Eurydice I. It was made by the Athenian sculptor Leochares in celebration of Philip’s victory at the battle of Chaeronea (338 BC) and was the only structure inside the Altis dedicated to a human.Wikipedia. Photo source: ©© Santi MB

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Olympia, site of the famous Temple of Zeus and original venue of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, was presumably destroyed by repeated tsunamis that travelled considerable distances inland and not by earthquake and river floods as has been assumed to date.

The site of Olympia, rediscovered only some 250 years ago, was buried under a massive layer of sand and other deposits that is up to 8 meters deep.

Tsunamis are well known from the eastern Mediterranean and are mainly the result of extensive seismic activities along the Hellenic Arc…

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Death by Plastic: Is Ocean Plastic Garbage Killing Whales?

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Minke Whale (Lesser Rorqual) (18.5 feet in length) observed dead, tail entangled in fishing gears,on Morro Bay Sandspit, Los Osos, California. Photo source; ©© Mike Baird

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Millions of tonnes of plastic debris dumped each year in the world’s oceans could pose a lethal threat to whales, according to a scientific assessment to be presented at the International Whaling Commission, a key international whaling forum, this week from July 11 to 14th on the British island of Jersey…

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International Whaling Commission

Savagery Without Borders

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Plastic Pollution In Marine Environment, Coastal Care

Japan Says Nuclear Plant Clean-Up Will Take Several Decades

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Japan’s prime minister said on Saturday the decommissioning of the tsunami crippled Fukushima nuclear plant would take decades, in the first government announcement of a long-term timeframe for the clean-up and for bringing the plant under control.

It is expected to take three, five, or 10 years for controlling it, and even several decades until the accident settles finally…

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Energy-Short Japan Eyes Renewable Future

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At Tokyo’s Meiji Gakuin University, professor Keiko Tanaka has been teaching classes with half as much lighting as usual and with less reliance on computers and other electricity-hogging tools. She now often gets out her chalk and eraser to use the blackboard.

But with tsunami-torn Japan’s electricity system struggling, she wonders whether her fellow citizens will commit to the level of energy savings the nation needs…

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Japan rethinks Its Energy Policy, Nature News

Japan Promotes Super Cool Biz Energy Saving Campaign, BBC

Australia Carbon Pollution Tax Announcement: A Start!

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Maldivian Flag dances to the surge and current. “Climate change is happening and it threatens the rights and security of everyone on Earth. With less than one degree of global warming, the glaciers are melting, the ice sheets collapsing and low lying areas in danger of being swamped. We must unite in a global effort to halt further temperature rises,by slashing carbon dioxide emissions to safe level of 350 parts per million.” Endorsed by the Cabinet of Republic of Maldives on 17th of October 2009. Photo and caption: ©© Sindhi

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Prime Minister Julia Gillard is on Sunday due to unveil the full detail of her deeply contested carbon tax, which will see the country’s top 500 polluters charged per tonne of carbon dioxide they emit into the atmosphere, which aims to reduce emissions blamed for climate change…

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On course to suffer global warming of four degrees, The Sydney Morning Herald
There is only one way to frame the weekend’s carbon tax announcement: a start. Australia would need to lift its 2020 emissions reduction target to at least 25 per cent to play our fair share in giving the world a better-than-even chance of limiting warming to 2 degrees.

Australian Department Of Climate Change And Energy Efficiency

Mapping Sea Level Rise, Australian Department Of Climate Change And Energy Efficiency

The Well From Hell

A book by William Sargent.

Strawberry Hill Press Publishing just announced the release of The Well from Hell, a book that explores the greater social and political impact of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“In his trademark style of gracefully examining the interplay between political and environmental concerns, The Well From Hell offers an engaging, informative, and important context for BP’s tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, placing the company’s short-cuts and lack of preparedness in the larger and colorful story of BP’s corporate culture. Just as importantly, Sargent also considers the spill’s potential legacy in the broader frame of other oil spills, the geology of our remaining oil, and the incentives that drive energy production and consumption.”

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William Sargent is a consultant for the NOVA Science Series and has authored more than a dozen books on environmental science and coastal issues.

Mr. Sargent also created a line of childrens’ books, the Lilly and Minot series, which provide a whimsical look at the environment.

Mr. Sargent also maintains a blog The Coastlines Project. Many of the subjects he writes about are of interest to coastal organizations.

Outrage At Drilling Permit For Australia Reef

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Coral Ningaloo, Australia. Photo source: ©© Lin Padgham

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The UN’s cultural body UNESCO listed the remote Ningaloo coast as a World Heritage site late last month due to its reef, sea turtles and white whales.

But environmentalists say it could be under threat after the Australian government green-lighted a proposal from Shell to explore for gas nearby…

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Australia’s Ningaloo Gets UNESCO’s World Heritage Listing

The mission of the Santa Aguila Foundation is to raise awareness of and mobilize people against the ongoing decimation of coastlines around the world.

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