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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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Finding Floating Forests

If you have ever walked along the California coast, you’ve likely had to navigate around clumps of seaweed. Before it was thrown up by the surf and left to dry on the beach, that seeming jetsam was part of a majestic underwater forest just offshore.

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Why Sand Is Disappearing ; By John R. Gillis

To those of us who visit beaches only in summer, they seem as permanent a part of our natural heritage as the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes. But shore dwellers know differently. Beaches are the most transitory of landscapes, and sand beaches the most vulnerable of all.

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    Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth

    February 27th, 2019

    After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself.

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    Private companies can no longer mine beaches in India

    February 21st, 2019

    Private beach sand miners can no longer mine the coasts of India, as per a Gazette notification by the Union Ministry of Mines which has just been made public.

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    Sand mining in a dune system, Chile

    February 19th, 2019

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    Sand from glacial melt could be Greenland’s economic salvation?

    February 12th, 2019

    As climate change melts Greenland’s glaciers and deposits more river sediment on its shores, an international group of researchers has identified one unforeseen economic opportunity for the Arctic nation: exporting excess sand and gravel abroad, where raw materials for infrastructure are in high demand.

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    Myanmar: “Our land is collapsing around us”: population and environment at risk from rampant sand mining

    February 11th, 2019

    Irresponsible sand mining in the Ayeyarwady River is destroying the livelihoods of farmers and fishers and placing environmental stress on the nation’s rice bowl.

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    The hidden environmental toll of mining the World’s sand

    February 9th, 2019

    Sand mining is the world’s largest mining endeavor, responsible for 85 percent of all mineral extraction. It is also the least regulated, and quite possibly the most corrupt and environmentally destructive.

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    Bulgarians decry ‘eco vandalism’ on coast

    February 6th, 2019

    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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