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Ghana’s Ongoing Battle Against Coastal erosion

According to estimates, the ocean claims 1.5 to 2 metres of the 539- kilometres Ghana coastline annually; with the most risky coastal areas, Ada Foah and the Eastern parts of Keta, recording 4 metres. Ghana’s Government decided on a costly and controversial project: the building of a 68 million euros, 30 kms “Ada Defense Sea Wall” to “salvage the people in the area from the ravages of the sea…”

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Shoreline Changes And Associated Coastal Land Loss Along The U.S. Gulf Of Mexico

Erosion
Aug
3

Beach erosion is a chronic problem along most open- ocean shores of the United States. As coastal populations continue to grow and community infrastructures are threatened by erosion, there is increased demand for accurate information regarding past and present trends and rates of shoreline movement. A USGS report.

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US West Coast Erosion Spiked In Winter 2009-10, Previewing Likely Future As Climate Changes

Knowing that the U.S. west coast was battered during the winter before last by a climatic pattern expected more often in the future, scientists have now pieced together a San Diego-to-Seattle assessment of the damage wrought by that winter’s extreme waves and higher-than-usual water levels.

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Mass tourism threatening Venice lagoon

An Italian environmental group warned that mass tourism is slowly eroding the Venice lagoon, which it said is also threatened by major real estate development and an inadequate transport network.

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Elwha River Restoration: Dams Removal Project

This September, removal of two dams on the Elwha River, in Washington State, begins, setting in motion one of the largest restoration projects in U.S. history.

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Northwest Coast of Madagascar

The Betsiboka Estuary on the northwest coast is the mouth of Madagascar’s largest river and one of the world’s fast-changing coastlines. Nearly a century of extensive logging of rainforests and coastal mangroves has resulted in nearly complete clearing of the land and dramatic rates of erosion. Astronauts describe their view of Madagascar as “bleeding into the ocean.”

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HidroAysén’s Approval Takes Chile in the Wrong Direction

The reasons why HidroAysén should not be constructed are numerous but sadly, the authorities showed recently that they prefer to move in the opposite direction, at the expense of Patagonia. By Amanda Maxwell, NRDC.

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Chilean Patagonia: a Way of Life Under Threat by Dams

Erosion, News
May
10

A controversial project to dam two of the world’s wildest rivers for electricity, has won approval from a Chilean government commission despite a groundswell of opposition.

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Hundreds of Barrier Islands Newly Identified in Global Survey

Erosion, News
Apr
20

Earth has 657 more barrier islands than previously thought, according to a new global survey by researchers from Duke University and Meredith College. Barrier islands help protect low-lying mainland coasts against erosion and storm damage, and can be important wildlife habitats.

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