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Broad Beach sand project hits the rocks

Erosion, News
Oct
10

Eight years and millions of dollars after embarking on a sand replenishment project, a recent court ruling sends Broad Beach landowners back to square one.

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Mysterious Oil Spill Becomes New Environmental Crisis for Brazil

News, Pollution
Oct
9

A mysterious oil spill that has polluted shores along a vast area of Brazil’s northeast may have resulted from unspecified criminal activity. An estimated 100 tons of crude has drifted toward land since early September, polluting some of the country’s most pristine beaches.

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Peruvian Glaciers Have Shrunk By 30 Percent Since 2000

Nearly 30 percent of Peru’s glaciers have melted away since 2000. Overall, the country lost nearly 8 gigatons of ice from 2000 to 2016, with 170 glaciers — covering an area equivalent to 80,000 soccer fields — disappearing entirely.

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Turkey’s Dam-Building Spree Continues, At Steep Ecological Cost

Dam, News
Oct
6

Nearly 90 miles of the historic Tigris River will soon be turned into a vast reservoir as Turkey completes the massive Ilisu Dam. While the government touts the project as a source of carbon-free electricity, it will displace 80,000 people and threaten a host of species.

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Erosion Washes Away Australian Beach, Leaving Towering Sand Cliffs Along Shoreline

Erosion, News
Oct
6

Beach on Australia’s southeastern coast is washing away at an alarming rate, leaving dangerous sand cliffs along the shoreline and causing a childcare center to be torn down.

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The biggest source of microplastics in California coastal waters? Car tires

News, Pollution
Oct
5

According to a study from the San Francisco Bay Microplastics Project, the biggest source of microplastic pollution in California’s coastal waters may come from car tires.

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Simple changes in intensity of weather events ‘could be lethal’

Faced with extreme weather events and unprecedented environmental change, animals and plants are scrambling to catch up, with mixed results. A new model helps to predict the types of changes that could drive a given species to extinction.

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Ocean cleanup device successfully collects plastic for first time

News, Pollution
Oct
3

A huge floating device designed by Dutch scientists to clean up an island of rubbish in the Pacific Ocean that is three times the size of France has successfully picked up plastic from the high seas for the first time.

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A whale found dead, 3 others euthanized on South Carolina beach

Biologists will perform necropsies on one whale that died and three that were euthanized after becoming stranded on a South Carolina beach.

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