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Can New Reef Design Save Historic Shoreline?

Erosion, News
Jun
7

Researchers will put to the test a series of reef platforms that are going to be installed as part of what is, to date, the longest state-permitted living shoreline project in North Carolina.

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Motor-boat noise changed the behavior of fish parents

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Jun
7

The sound of motorboat engines disturbed coral reef fish so acutely it changed the behavior of parents, and stopped male fish properly guarding their young, feeding and interacting with their offspring, new research has found.

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Gabon Sets Plan for Africa’s Largest Marine Reserve

The African nation of Gabon has announced the creation of the continent’s largest network of marine protected areas, covering 20,500 square miles.

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What caused the most toxic algal bloom ever observed in Monterey Bay?

In spring 2015, the West Coast of North America experienced one of the most toxic algal blooms on record. A new article shows that, at least in Monterey Bay, this bloom became particularly toxic because of an unusually low ratio of silicate to nitrate in the waters of the bay.

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Marine reserves help mitigate against climate change, say scientists

Highly protected marine reserves can help mitigate against the impacts of climate change, a study by a team of international scientists has concluded.

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Beach resort hit by seven foot wave as mini tsunami strikes the Netherlands

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Jun
5

Beachgoers were caught off guard after being hit by the seven foot tidal wave in Zandvoort, a coastal resort in the Dutch province of North Holland.

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Pilkey: The Paris agreement, climate change, NC coast and rising seas

Now that we as a nation have divorced ourselves from the Paris Agreement on reduction of carbon emissions and global climate change, it’s time for us to do some self-examination. We assume that our abstention will ultimately add to the carbon-emissions problem, perhaps discourage other countries and have some impact on sea-level rise.

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Starting hurricane season without leaders of NOAA and FEMA should ‘scare the hell out of everybody’

News
Jun
3

Hurricane season began on June 1, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the season will be a busy one, with an above-average range of 5-9 hurricanes likely in the Atlantic. The two agencies that protect the country’s coastlines and its residents, NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are still without leaders.

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Will US withdrawal from Paris climate deal make a difference?

Trump’s announcement was taken as a serious blow by environmentalists and all those who backed the multilateral Paris climate deal. But the time it would take for his announcement to translate into an official withdrawal is quite lengthy. Four years, to be exact. That means that 2020 is the earliest the US could officially pull out of the deal. A critical year, as “it’s when another presidential election is due”..

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