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Spain leads the world for quality beaches

News, Pollution
May
20

Spain safely holds onto its title as the country with the most blue-flag beaches in the world.

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Dubai set to build $1.7b man-made islands Marsa Al Arab by 2020

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News, Sand Mining
May
18

Dubai is growing again, and again it’s building into the sea.

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Navy investigating disks of compressed trash littering Outer Banks beaches

News, Pollution
May
17

The disks are consistent with those made on ships to compress plastic waste for easy storage, said Ted Brown, a spokesman for the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command. Ships are not supposed to dump plastic into the ocean.

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No escaping ocean plastic: 37 million bits of litter on one of world’s remotest islands

News, Pollution
May
16

The beaches of one of the world’s most remote islands have been found to be polluted with the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, a new study shows.

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Migratory seabird deaths linked to hurricanes

Stronger and more frequent hurricanes may pose a new threat to the sooty tern, a species of migratory seabird found throughout the Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic, a new study reveals. Although sooty terns are neither rare nor endangered, they have long been used by scientists as an indicator species to determine the health of the region’s marine environment.

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Glaciers Rapidly Shrinking and Disappearing: 50 Years of Glacier Change in Montana

It’s now “inevitable” that the contiguous United States will lose all of its glaciers within a matter of decades, according to scientists who have revealed the precipitous shrinkage of dozens of glaciers in Montana.

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Change in a Major Pacific Weather Pattern Will Likely Intensify Warming

The Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO), a major atmospheric and meteorological pattern in the mid-Pacific Ocean, is now switching into a positive phase that will likely boost Pacific Ocean temperatures and accelerate global warming, according to new research.

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Threatened bird nesting again on Los Angeles area beaches

The western snowy plover is nesting along the Los Angeles area coast for the first time in nearly seven decades, federal officials said.

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Cemex sand mine accused of damaging Monterey Bay Coast

Scientists and environmentalists are accusing Cemex, the world’s second largest building materials company, of doing serious harm to the Monterey Bay beach by removing massive amounts of sand. The company claims its sand mining business is legal, but the beach is shrinking, and the California Coastal Commission is threatening to shut down the operation.

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    Dubai set to build $1.7b man-made islands Marsa Al Arab by 2020

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    May 18th, 2017

    Dubai is growing again, and again it’s building into the sea.

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    Concrete, or Beaches? World’s Sand Running Out As Global Construction Booms

    May 12th, 2017

    A crucial component of concrete, sand is vital to the global construction industry.

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    Cemex sand mine accused of damaging Monterey Bay Coast

    May 9th, 2017

    Scientists and environmentalists are accusing Cemex, the world’s second largest building materials company, of doing serious harm to the Monterey Bay beach by removing massive amounts of sand. The company claims its sand mining business is legal, but the beach is shrinking, and the California Coastal Commission is threatening to shut down the operation.

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    County warns businesses to stop mining sand, Maui

    May 3rd, 2017

    While sand mining is not illegal here, some community members are concerned about the resource being depleted and shipped off-island and archaeological damage. Mayor Alan Arakawa is among the concerned, saying the sand is needed for Maui projects and replenishing beaches.

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    The Economist explains: Why there is a shortage of sand

    April 26th, 2017

    It may be plentiful, but so is the demand for it.

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    How Singapore is creating more land for itself

    April 25th, 2017

    The island off the southern tip of Malaysia reveals the future of building in an epoch of dwindling territory.

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    Gambia: Tourism and the Environment – Tribute to the ‘Unsung Heroes’ Context

    April 11th, 2017

    Gambia’s tourism industry was bedeviled with a range of menaces including – indiscriminate dumping and littering of our beaches, as well as debasing of our beaches through sand mining and related environmental malpractices to other areas frequented by our coveted guests and tourists. The need to tackle the environmental and sanitary challenges of tourism, head on, therefore became imperative.

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    Can permaculture save Togo’s precious coastline from the ravages of sand mining? A Video

    April 11th, 2017

    African countries are raising alarm because of their disappearing coastlines. Beaches erode mainly because of illegal sand mining. A Swiss foundation wants to help Togo restore its coastline.

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