This shows the deployment of the CTD Rosette system for collecting water samples. Photo Source: Texas A&M University and NOAA.
Excerpt from UCSB
Calling the results “extremely surprising,” researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Texas A&M University report that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have returned to near normal levels only months after a massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion…
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An oiled shoreline habitat in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, in 2010. Credit: NOAA
Federal and Louisiana officials got into a heated argument Friday over the cleanup of oiled marshes during a tour of an area that remains fouled 8 1/2 months after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico…
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Photograph SAF – Coastal Care
Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered
Excerpt from AllAfrica, Namibian Press, by Adam Hartman
While sand mining in the Swakop River is a crucial element of coastal development, sand mining companies do seem take advantage of the lack of official control over mining operations.
As reported in the Namibian, “Quarries are also becoming “extremely deep” some having vertical ‘walls’ of 10,5 metres. According to the guidelines, “excavation shall under no circumstances expose the ground water table and shall have slope banks not higher than 4 metros”…
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Read Full Article, “Swakop Sand Miners ‘Doing Their Own Thing’,” November 2010
The Skeleton Coast, Wkipedia
NASA Image, Namibia South Western Coast
Rising sea, Maldives. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac
After looking to buy land in other countries, Maldives is making a last-ditch effort to avoid its citizens becoming climate refugees. It is importing sand.
In this endeavour to tackle the effects of global warming, none other than Bangladesh is playing Good Samaritan. Both countries are planning to sign a deal within four months to ship sand to the Maldives. The island nation faces a real threat of being inundated if the sea level rises by even one metro…
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The Himalayan Times
Bangladesh and Maldives: Sand Export Deal in Sight
Mohamed Nasheed Interviewed by Charles Homans, Foreign Policy Magazine, December 2010
Mohamed Nasheed, president of the climate-change-threatened Maldives, speaks via email with Foreign Policy’s Charles Homans about the difficulty of diplomacy, the promise of protest, and why moving his whole country might be more difficult than he once thought. The Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed is listed 39th top thinker in the world, in Foreign Policy magazine
Plastic bag on beach. Photo source: ©© Kaometet
Italy, one of the top users of plastic shopping bags in Europe, has banned them starting January 1, with retailers warning of chaos and many stores braced for the switch.
Italians use about 20 billion bags a year, more than 330 per person, or about one-fifth of the total used in Europe, according to Italian environmentalist lobby Legambiente…
Original Article, Reuters
Plastic Bag Reduction Around the World
Plastic bag bans around the world, BBC
Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
Some 250 billion microscopic pieces of plastic are floating in the Mediterranean, creating a biological hazard that reverberates up the food chain, according to research supported by green campaigners.
The estimate comes from French and Belgian marine biologists who analysed water samples taken in July off France, northern Italy and Spain to a depth of 10-15 centimetres (four to six inches)…
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Accumulation and fragmentation of plastic debris in global environments, 2009 Study, Ifremer
Klamath Rivermouth, Del Norte County, Northern California. Photo Source: US Corps of Engineers.
The Klamath River rises in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Oregon, and flows about 263 miles (423 km) southwest through northern California, cutting through the southern Cascade Range to empty into the Pacific Ocean.
The Yurok were a sedentary coastal hunter/gatherer Pacific Coast Indian nation that relied heavily on fishing. They occupied the valley of the lower Klamath River and the neighboring coast…
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New York Times, Struggling Tribe, Dark Side to a Windfall
The Yurok Indians, the largest tribe in California and one of the poorest.
Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care
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.
Fog formation appears to be controlled by a high-pressure system normally present off the West Coast throughout the summer, said James Johnstone, a postdoctoral researcher with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at the UW…
Original Article,the University of Washington
Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
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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Courtauld Commitment 2
Grocery Store taken to court over excess packaging