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Seawalls: Ecological effects of coastal armoring in soft sediment environments

For nearly a century, America’s coasts — particularly those with large urban populations — have been armored with human made structures such as seawalls. These structures essentially draw a line in the sand that constrains the ability of the shoreline to respond to changes in sea level and other dynamic coastal processes.

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Plastic garbage patch bigger than Mexico found in Pacific

News, Pollution
Jul
25

Yet another floating mass of microscopic plastic has been discovered in the ocean, and it is mind-blowingly vast.

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Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast Pools Efforts Against Climate Change

As in the rest of the Caribbean region, Costa Rica is suffering coastal erosion due to a rise in the sea level, which jeopardises the sandy beaches as well as the tourism-based economy of coastal areas.

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Shifting storms to bring extreme waves, seaside damage to once placid areas

The world’s most extensive study of a major stormfront striking the coast has revealed a previously unrecognised danger from climate change: as storm patterns fluctuate, waterfront areas once thought safe are likely to be hammered and damaged as never before.

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Another child run over in Volusia’s beach-driving ‘tradition’

The story is any parent’s nightmare and yet all too common in Volusia County, one of the few places that invites motorists to drive cars on the same beaches where families relax and children frolic.

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More than 8. 3 billion tons of plastics made: Most has now been discarded

News, Pollution
Jul
20

Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study.

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10 great New Zealand beaches

Celebrate, News
Jul
19

From the golden bays of Abel Tasman to the naturally heated waters of the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand beaches pack as much sunshine and clean water as they do creative adjectives.

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Duncan’s Bay Residents Still Livid Despite OPM’s Defence Of Sand-Mining Approval, Jamaica

News, Sand Mining
Jul
19

Residents of Duncan’s Bay in Trelawny remain upset over the recent decision by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to grant an environmental permit for mining and quarrying beach sand in their community.

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Third-hottest June puts 2017 on track to make hat-trick of hottest years

Last month was the third-hottest June on record globally, temperature data suggest, confirming 2017 will almost certainly make a hat-trick of annual climate records, with 2015, 2016 and 2017 being the three hottest years since records began.

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