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Trucking Mud to the Beaches Means More Sand but Dirtier Waters, CA

News, Pollution
Feb
9

When Santa Barbara County dumps tons of mud from the catastrophic debris flow of January 9 on the shores of Goleta and Carpinteria, this wasn’t like anything that’s happened before. So residents are asking, “Will there be long-term effects? Might there be other locations that can share the impacts..?”

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New Trump Administration Flood Standards Mirror Obama-Era Rules

Six months after President Trump revoked an Obama-era rule mandating that federally funded projects account for future sea level rise and flooding, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that recipients of $7.4 billion in disaster recovery grants must do just that — seemingly representing a reversal of the administration’s stance on climate preparedness.

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Demand for sand leads to global ecological crisis

Every day, miners remove 5,500 to 6,000 truckloads of sand (about 20 tons each) from the scenic beachfronts and 17 river basins of Tamil Nadu, India. Fueled by a real estate boom estimated to generate $180 billion annually by 2020, India is digging 500 million metric tons of sand every year, feeding an industry worth more than $50 billion. And India’s hunger is bound to increase…

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Is desalination the answer for Africa’s water shortages?

As South Africa’s Western Cape province is in a race against time to produce solutions that will keep the taps from running dry desalination has been proposed as one of many strategies to deal with the water shortages, with Namibia and Botswana already in a joint venture to pump desalinated water from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Polar bears could become extinct faster than was feared, study says

Polar bears could be sliding towards extinction faster than previously feared, with the animals facing an increasing struggle to find enough food to survive as climate change steadily transforms their environment.

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Whale and shark species at increasing risk from microplastic pollution – study

Whales, some sharks and other marine species such as rays are increasingly at risk from microplastics in the oceans, a new study published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, suggests.

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“We have one ocean,” Josh Stein says, threatening offshore drilling legal action

News, Pollution
Feb
2

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has assembled a coalition of attorneys general from 11 other coastal states calling for the U.S. Interior Department to cancel the Trump administration’s plan to expand offshore drilling.

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Scientists Pinpoint How Ocean Acidification Weakens Coral Skeletons

The rising acidity of the oceans threatens coral reefs by making it harder for corals to build their skeletons. A new study identifies the details of how ocean acidification affects coral skeletons, allowing scientists to predict more precisely where corals will be more vulnerable.

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Climate change threatens half of US bases worldwide, Pentagon report finds

Nearly half of US military sites are threatened by wild weather linked to climate change, according to a new Pentagon study whose findings run contrary to White House views on global warming.

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