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Sand Dredging: Let’s Save Brittany’s Shores, France

Brittany’s shores are in peril. A large-scale offshore sand dredging project, where hundreds of m3 of sand are going to be extracted, is about to become a devastating reality. Be the Change Petition: “Sand Dredging: Let’s Save Brittany’s Shores.”

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North Topsail Beach Debacle No Way for NC to Manage its Coast; Op Ed By Robert Young

Is North Topsail Beach the most poorly managed beach community in the country? If not, it certainly seems to be taking a good shot at it. I have watched in dismay as the town has struggled to preserve a small stretch of oceanfront property at all costs.

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The Beach Belongs to Everyone

In 2014, the Legislature and Governor gave the California Coastal Commission the authority to fine property owners who intentionally block public access to the coast. Previously, the CCC’s only leverage against homeowners blocking beach access was litigation, which wealthy beach house owners and coastal homeowner associations could drag out for years in court.

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What the Oceans Will Look Like in 2050

What kind of oceans will we pass along to future generations of humans and other living things? The answer to that question starts with two others: What kind of oceans would we like to pass along? And what would it take to do so?

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When You Drill, You Spill.

The Santa Barbara County spill, one of the largest in California history, reiterates what we already know: We can’t extract oil and transport it without putting our beaches, wildlife, and coastal communities at risk. The sad fact is, when you drill, you spill.

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California Coastal Armoring Report: Managing Coastal Armoring and Climate Change Adaptation in the 21st Century

In response to erosion and storm events, Californians have built seawalls, revetments, and other “coastal armoring” structures along significant portions of California’s coast. Coastal armoring now occupies more than 110 miles, or at least 10 percent, of the overall California coastline. This coastal armoring has diminished California’s beaches and habitat, irreversibly altered bluffs, caused increased erosion to neighboring properties, and marred the natural beauty of the coast.

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Urge the Coastal Commission to protect Goleta Beach!

“We strongly believe that sustainable and responsible responses to the problem of Goleta’s beach erosion, require an adaptation and not a resistance to Nature.”

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Comments on Goleta Beach Project Coastal Development Permit

Open Letter from Dr. Orrin Pilkey, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology Duke University presented before the California Coastal Commission. The CCC will hold a hearing May 13th, 2015, in Santa Barbara. The issue is whether the Commission will order the unpermitted, environmentally-damaging rock seawall from the western side of the Goleta Beach County Park, to be removed.

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Robert Young: Seaward of Common Sense? SC Needs to Put an End to Building on the Beach

South Carolina’s beautiful beaches are a vital component of this state’s economy. Managing them wisely is critical to the health of the economy and to ensuring that state and local tax dollars are not wasted on futile efforts to protect homes needlessly placed in areas of obvious high hazard.

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