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Dirty secrets at Britain’s Blue-Flagged Beaches

News, Pollution
Sep
21

At least one in four of Britain’s premier bathing beaches are failing to meet the strict requirements of their “Blue Flag” designation, an international standard that is only granted if beach operators meet more than 30 strict criteria.

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Revealed: Our Contaminated Beaches, Scotland

News, Pollution
Sep
21

As Fraserburgh, Scotland, is getting ready for its UK Surf contest- expected to be “epic” due to Igor aftermath’s swell on European coasts- reports found sewage pollution has not spared many popular scottish beaches.

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Shipwrecks and Vanishing Coastlines: a Nigerian Predicament

The ocean is advancing menacingly towards populated areas, surge that caused severe erosion, which occurred as a result of shipwrecks and uncontrolled development of the coastlines, involving poorly done sand filling.

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Tsunami Detection Improves, but Coastal Areas Still Vulnerable, Report Finds

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Sep
18

Detection and forecast of tsunamis have improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but current efforts are still not sufficient to meet challenges posed by tsunamis generated near land.

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Second big fish kill in less than a week reported in Louisiana

The coastal zone director for Plaquemines Parish, would like to see more testing of the area where the kill was reported to determine whether oil from the BP spill contributed to the kill, as well as earlier fish kill reported last week.

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Waikiki Beach Replenishment

On the Waikiki shoreline, what’s here today will be gone tomorrow.

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Scientists Document Fate of Deep Hydrocarbon Plumes in Gulf Oil Spill

Studying the behavior of methane and other natural gases released in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Melting sea ice forces walruses ashore in Alaska

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Massive super-herds of walrus are being forced onto dry land because of a lack of sea ice, the World Wildlife Fund reports. Discovery News UGC video shows an estimated 10,000 animals gathered in Point Lay, Alaska. This massive move to shore by walruses is unusual in the United States.

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Expanding Hypoxic Areas in Coastal Waters

News, Pollution
Sep
14

Unnatural levels of hypoxia, which occur mostly in the summer, are primarily the result of human activities that deliver nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous into waterways.

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