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Ocean Beach Erosion: New Plan Crafted

The silver tide that surges through Ocean Beach from dawn to dusk is a surfer’s delight. For San Francisco, however, it is an unrelenting test of nature.

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Rising Pacific Seas Linked to Climate Change: study

Sea levels in the southwest Pacific started rising drastically in the 1880s, with a notable peak in the 1990s thought to be linked to human-induced climate change, according to a new study.

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Panel Rejects Plan for Matunuck Retaining wall, Rhodes Island

A state environmental panel has rejected plans by South Kingstown officials to build a 200-foot retaining wall to protect the only road leading in and out of Matunuck, RI, from beach erosion.

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Oceanic Islands’ Topography and Erosion Impacts on Ecosystems

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Oceanic islands are born, they grow, they are eroded and they disappear beneath the sea. Throughout this process, which takes millions of years, the islands change form and therefore change their ‘tenants’. The species adapt to the new environmental conditions,

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Chilean Court Approves Huge Patagonia Dam

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Chile’s Supreme Court has green-lit the highly controversial HidroAysén dam project in Patagonia, which environmentalists say will wreck a unique and pristine habitat in the southern tip of South America.

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Sand Mining Throughout Coastal Liberia

The city of Buchanan, Liberia, is gradually being swept away by sea erosion. But there is an even more serious matter – an impending environmental danger- that should claim the urgent attention of the government. It is the issue of sand mining in Monrovia and its environs.

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Shrinking Britain will force land to be abandoned to the sea

Geologists take the long view, which can lead to some striking thoughts, and here is one: Britain is shrinking. As the waves crash onto the shores of this island, the rock is worn away or falls off in chunks, and, as the adage goes, they are not making land any more in Britain.

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Energy Companies Pledge to Measure Impacts of Large Dam Projects ?

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The sixth World Water Forum ( held this year in Marseille, France from March 12-17) the world’s largest meeting devoted to water, is to create solutions to the water, energy, and food challenges presented by climate change and economic growth. But critics say new scorecard to evaluate social and environmental impacts of hydropower projects serves dam builders not local communities and denounced the protocol as an attempt to “greenwash” the industry.

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Dubai’s Staggering Growth

To expand the possibilities for beachfront development, Dubai undertook a massive and controversial engineering project to create hundreds of artificial islands along its Persian Gulf coastline. Built from sand dredged from the sea floor, the islands are shaped in recognizable forms such as palm trees. The construction of the various islands off the coast of Dubai has resulted in changes in area wildlife, coastal erosion and alongshore sediment transport, and wave patterns.


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    After pictures emerged on social media earlier this month of a giant sand dune being bulldozed, there’s been an angry reaction among eco activists and the general public.

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