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New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating

Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate, as previously thought, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data.

Best beaches in the Caribbean, 2018 edition

Celebrate, Inform

Even if you’ve been there and done that, chilling on a Caribbean beach never gets old.

In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters

A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that saving species need not be a conservation priority. But this thinking shows a lack of understanding of evolution and an ignorance of the natural world.

King Tides, Beach Erosion and Water Pollution—Can Waikīkī Be Saved?


More than a century ago, Waikīkī was the center of government and culture for Hawaiians, where streams met the ocean and fishponds provided food. By the late 1800s, this stunning shoreline started to lure visitors, creating a demand for accommodations on the beach. This development, which included the construction of seawalls, groins and piers, prompted the eroding of the very beach that had been attracting tourists.

Innovative restoration of coral reefs helps protect Caribbean islands

Researchers have measured the protective role of coral reefs and field-tested a solution that reduces coastal risks by combining innovative engineering with restoration ecology.

Satellite observations show sea levels rising, and climate change is accelerating it

Sea level rise is happening now, and the rate at which it is rising is increasing every year, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Microplastics pollute most remote and uncharted areas of the ocean

News, Pollution

First data ever gathered from extremely remote area of the South Indian Ocean has a surprisingly high volume of plastic particles, say scientists. Currently scientists can only account for 1% of the plastic they think is in the ocean.

Shore towns use sand dredged from inlets to widen beaches

Coastal areas around the country are dredging clogged inlets to make them easier to navigate, and using the sand they suck from the bottom to widen beaches damaged by natural erosion or serious storms. Concerns that have arisen from inlet dredging include possibly disturbing wildlife habitat, or affecting the shape of nearby shorelines.

Slowly but surely, South Carolina’s incredibly complex shoreline is losing ground

Erosion, Inform

More than half of South Carolina’s shoreline is eroding under an onslaught of rising seas, pounding storms and other scouring forces. These and other recent findings cast new light on the nature and fate of our coast.

The Last Continent: Antarctic remains an enigma


As the last continent to be discovered, Antarctica remains a mysterious, mystical and spectacularly beautiful place that often turns adventurers and rational scientists into poets when they are asked to describe it. It is the emptiest and coldest place on Earth, but human incursions over the past century have severely impacted both the wildlife and the oceans.

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