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Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered, Namibia

While sand mining in the Swakop River is a crucial element of coastal development, concern is mounting over the uncontrolled sand mining taking place in the Swakop River, which is creating dangerous conditions as well as causing severe environmental damage.

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Bangladesh Sand to Help Keep the Maldives Afloat

After looking to buy land in other countries, Maldives, one of the lowest countries on the planet, with an average land level of 1.5 metres above sea level, is making a last-ditch effort to avoid its citizens becoming climate refugees. It is importing sand.

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Ban on plastic shopping bags, Italy

News, Pollution
Jan
3

A ban on plastic bags has come into effect January 1st, in Italy, which has one of the highest rates of consumption of the bags in Europe.

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250 billion plastic fragments in Mediterranean

News, Pollution
Dec
30

The estimate comes from French and Belgian marine biologists who analysed water samples taken in July off France, northern Italy and Spain. The figure derives from 4,371 minute pieces of plastic, average weight 1.8 milligrams (0.00006 of an ounce) found in the samples, which extrapolates to roughly 500 tonnes for the entire Mediterranean.

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Yurok indians seek land for a tribal park on the North Pacific Coast

News
Dec
28

The Yurok Tribe, who has lived along this rugged coast for centuries, envisions that its park would be managed as part of the chain of national and state parks that necklace the Redwood Coast from Mendocino County to the Oregon border, some of the most spectacular and contested landscapes in California.

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Decline of West Coast fog brought higher coastal temperatures last 60 years

News
Dec
27

Fog is a common feature along the West Coast, but a University of Washington scientist has found that summertime coastal fog has declined since 1950 while coastal temperatures have increased slightly.

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What’s Outside Counts, Too: European Law and Excess Packaging

News, Pollution
Dec
27

The citizens of Lincolnshire, England, were so fed up with the layers of plastic and cardboard and Styrofoam that encased their store purchases this fall that they took a high-priced, highly wrapped piece of meat to court.

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Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean (GITEWS) has been completed

News
Dec
24

300 tsunami alert stations were built throughout Indonesia in the past 6 years. But, when the most recent tsunami struck on 25 October, killing 431 people in the Mentawai Islands, questions were raised about its overall efficiency, also showing that any alert system ought to include a widespread education component for coastal population to counteract any sense of false security.

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King Tides Seen as a Model for Rising Seas

The King Tide Photo Initiative 2010, launched by the British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment in Canada, asks individuals to record the possible impacts of sea level rise by photographing high water level events in B.C.’s coastal areas, to help build a photo library and to offer us a chance to visualize what normal sea levels may look like in the future.

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