Beach re-nourishment, Waikiki, 2012. Photograph: © SAF
Professors Orrin Pilkey and Andrew Cooper are writing what promises to be an outstanding book.
In The Last Beach (to be published this summer by Duke University Press), they describe the top five threats to beaches around the world. Even a quick overview of these threats suggests a strategy for confronting the degradation and loss of beaches. It’s no surprise that a comprehensive, long-term beach protection strategy requires significant changes to our economic system, a system that has overdeveloped and polluted beaches to the extent that they have become unhealthy places to swim or even play in the sand…