Ecosystem Destruction

Massive sand tubes being constructed in Walton County, Florida Massive sand tubes being constructed in Walton County, Florida under the ecologically-appealing euphemism of "dune enhancement devices." Photo: Gary Appleson, Caribbean Conservation Corporation.

A variety of threatened or endangered organisms use the beach as a vital part of their life cycle. The nearshore ecosystem extends from the meiofauna that exist between sand grains to the carnivorous fish that roam the surf zone.

Components include birds that feed and nest on the beach such as the piping plover (US east coast) and various turtles that lay their eggs here. The first steps in protecting birds, turtle nests and the rest of this ecosystem must be the protection of a natural, un-engineered beach.

Another major threat to beach ecosystems around the world is the ever increasing human population in coastal areas. The global migration of people towards the coast causes competition between humans and other species and humans usually negatively impact other species. New construction in coastal communities destroys beach ecosystems with every parking lot paved, road expanded, or sand dune lost. This increase also puts a burden on sanitation systems, transportation networks, and increases pollution in these diverse ecosystems.


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Deforestation Wreaks Havoc Along Guatemala’s Northeast Caribbean Coast

The province of Izabal along Guatemala’s northeast Caribbean coast is one of the areas with the highest deforestation rates in the country, according to two government studies.

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Fish Have Enormous Nutrient Impacts On Marine Ecosystems

Fish play a far more important role as contributors of nutrients to marine ecosystems than previously thought, according to researchers at the University of Georgia and Florida International University.

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End The Global Trafficking In Polar Bear Products!

Polar bears are currently listed under CITES under Appendix II, as a species that is not necessarily now threatened with extinction but may become so unless trade is closely controlled. With the polar bear sliding toward extinction, we must win a worldwide ban on the killing of polar bears for profit. Please Help End The Global Trafficking In Polar Bears: A NRDC Campaign.

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South Korea Drops Plans To Resume Whaling

South Korea has dropped plans to resume whaling in its coastal waters amid a storm of international criticism, and will instead use non-lethal methods to conduct research into the mammals.

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A Visit From The Turtles

The beach at Ostional is the only beach in Costa Rica where locals are legally allowed to harvest the turtle eggs for consumption. Olive Ridley turtles, the most common visitor to Ostional beach, are endangered, making the legal harvesting of the eggs a controversial topic.

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Mining For Smartphones: Devastation In Indonesia, Bangka Islands

In recent years about one-third of all the tin mined in the world has come from Bangka, its sister island Belitung, and the seabeds off the islands’shores. Tin mining is taking its toll on the islands’ coastline, damaging coral reefs, mangrove forests that help protect it from tropical storms and big waves. A Friends of the Earth video documentary.

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Alaska’s Clash Over Salmon and Gold Goes National

Mostly roadless and undeveloped, the Bristol Bay watershed doesn’t look like a battlefield, yet it has become the Gettysburg of natural resource conflict in Alaska.

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USGS Study Tracks Pacific Walrus, Observes Effects of Arctic Sea Ice Loss on Behavior

Sparse summer sea ice in the Arctic over the past five years has caused behavioral changes in Pacific walruses according to research published by U.S. Geological Survey and Russian scientists.

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Australia Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Australia Friday created the world’s largest network of marine reserves, protecting a huge swathe of ocean environment.

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