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Sand Thieves Are Eroding World’s Beaches For Castles Of Cash

Sand Thieves Are Eroding World’s Beaches For Castles Of Cash

The pillaging of sand is a growing practice in the world. Taken by hand, three or four meters deep in the Maldives archipelago, or transported on a donkey, or sucked up by huge sand boats in Asia, coastal sand mining, authorized or unlawful, is exploding.

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A Guide to Understanding Mathematical Models Used to Predict Beach Behavior, For Those Who Had a Hard Time With Algebra

A Guide to Understanding Mathematical Models Used to Predict Beach Behavior, For Those Who Had a Hard Time With Algebra

Many of you may have read environmental impact statements or engineering design documents or have attended public hearings about plans to engineer beaches. You suspect that the plan is flawed but you find yourself up against a brick wall in the form of a mathematical model. You are not the only one…

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Rebuilding the Coastline, But at What Cost?

Rebuilding the Coastline, But at What Cost?

Nearly seven months after Hurricane Sandy decimated the northeastern coastline, destroying houses and infrastructure and dumping 11 billion gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage into rivers, bays, canals and even some streets, coastal communities have been racing against the clock to prepare for Memorial Day.

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American Coasts, Past and Future, by John R. Gillis

American Coasts, Past and Future, by John R. Gillis

America had shores long before it had an interior. Its western edge was first colonized by Asian migrants arriving by foot. The second colonization was by ship, this time from the east. But the latest and most transformative colonization comes not by sea but from land, from the interior…

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Denying Sea-Level Rise: How 100 Centimeters Divided The State of North Carolina

Denying Sea-Level Rise: How 100 Centimeters Divided The State of North Carolina

On the surface, it looks like America is a place where scientists and scientific achievements are held in high regard. However, just below the surface, there is another America. This America is populated by people who, on economic, political or religious grounds, have chosen to reject the consensus of the global scientific community on various topics. By Alexander Glass and Orrin Pilkey.

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Post Sandy Coastal Engineering Atrocity at Village of Southampton, In Pictures

Post Sandy Coastal Engineering Atrocity at Village of Southampton, In Pictures

An example of brute force coastal protection at its worst: on the beach, at the village of Southampton.

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The Benefits Of Inlets Opened During Coastal Storms

The Benefits Of Inlets Opened During Coastal Storms

An open letter from the community of coastal scientists regarding the benefits of inlets opened during coastal storms.

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Fails to Face Coastal Realities

Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Fails to Face Coastal Realities

As part of the sorely-needed aid package to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, Congress is also considering spending billions on ill-advised and environmentally damaging beach and coastal rebuilding projects that ignore the looming threats of rising seas and intensifying storms. By RobYoung.

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We Need to Retreat From the Beach

We Need to Retreat From the Beach

As ocean waters warm, the Northeast is likely to face more Sandy-like storms. And as sea levels continue to rise, the surges of these future storms will be higher and even more deadly. We can’t stop these powerful storms. But we can reduce the deaths and damage they cause… An Op Ed by Orrin H. Pilkey.

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