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Landslide buries California’s scenic highway in Big Sur

Erosion, News
May
24

A monster of a landslide has buried a quarter-mile section of the scenic coastal highway in California’s Big Sur region, piling fresh misery on a remote area that hasn’t seen the road fully passable for months.

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How rising seas and coastal storms drowned the U.S. flood insurance program

Sea level rise and more severe storms are overwhelming U.S. coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage and essentially bankrupting the federal flood insurance program. Yet rebuilding continues, despite warnings that far more properties will soon be underwater.

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Australia: Erosion rate rise along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road prompts effort to bolster beach sand dunes

More than 16,000 cubic metres of sand is being moved along beaches at Apollo Bay to protect the Great Ocean Road from coastal erosion.

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Spain leads the world for quality beaches

News, Pollution
May
20

Spain safely holds onto its title as the country with the most blue-flag beaches in the world.

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Dubai set to build $1.7b man-made islands Marsa Al Arab by 2020

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News, Sand Mining
May
18

Dubai is growing again, and again it’s building into the sea.

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Navy investigating disks of compressed trash littering Outer Banks beaches

News, Pollution
May
17

The disks are consistent with those made on ships to compress plastic waste for easy storage, said Ted Brown, a spokesman for the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command. Ships are not supposed to dump plastic into the ocean.

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No escaping ocean plastic: 37 million bits of litter on one of world’s remotest islands

News, Pollution
May
16

The beaches of one of the world’s most remote islands have been found to be polluted with the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, a new study shows.

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Migratory seabird deaths linked to hurricanes

Stronger and more frequent hurricanes may pose a new threat to the sooty tern, a species of migratory seabird found throughout the Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic, a new study reveals. Although sooty terns are neither rare nor endangered, they have long been used by scientists as an indicator species to determine the health of the region’s marine environment.

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Glaciers Rapidly Shrinking and Disappearing: 50 Years of Glacier Change in Montana

It’s now “inevitable” that the contiguous United States will lose all of its glaciers within a matter of decades, according to scientists who have revealed the precipitous shrinkage of dozens of glaciers in Montana.

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