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Readers’ view: natural vegetation helps limit beach erosion

Coastal restoration. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


There is little doubt that removal of natural vegetation leads to increased soil erosion and this is particularly true when beach vegetation is removed…

Read Full Article, The Morning Bulletin, Australia

NOAA study finds ‘living shorelines’ can lessen climate change’s effects, NOAA (12-22-2015)

Rethinking Living Shorelines, By Orrin H. Pilkey, Rob Young, Norma Longo, and Andy Coburn;Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines / Western Carolina University, March 1, 2012, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
In response to the detrimental environmental impacts caused by traditional erosion control structures, environmental groups, state and federal resource management agencies, now advocate an approach known as “Living Shorelines”that embraces the use of natural habitat elements such as indigenous vegetation, to stabilize and protect eroding shorelines.

Go Strawless

Kuta beach, Bali.
“We cannot accept to be “plastic force-fed” anymore. We have a choice, and it is to refuse.
Supply follows demand, if demand stops, supply will, ultimately.” Captions and Photo: © SAF — Coastal Care


Too few of us have stopped using single-use, end-of-the-line plastic…

Read Full Article, The Huffington Green

“When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide,” Coastal Care
“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”

Sand Being Hauled Aways from the Cagayan Beaches in the Philippines, Shipped off to China

Photo courtesy of: “Sand Wars” Filmmaker: © Denis Delestrac


At least 2.5 million metric tons of the country’s magnetite were shipped to China from almost five years of controversy-ridden blacksand mining operations in the province of Cagayan, government records showed.

The volume comprised a total of about 331 shipments that got out of Port Irene, the main port of the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Santa Ana town…

Read Full Article, Melvin G. Gascon

Philippines Black Sand Mining Operations, Gonzaga, Cagayan Province, A dossier and photo reportage by Juergen Lorenz for Coastal Care (11-2012)

Ilocos Sur is Helpless Against Illegal Black Sand Mining, Philippines, GMA Network (05-30-2013)

Supreme Court Asked to Halt Black Sand Mining, Philippines (Uploaded 05-10-2012)
To prevent further destruction of the coastline, public officials and concerned citizens filed with the Supreme Court to issue a writ against a mining project to extract black sand.

Mining Black Sand, Lingayen, North Western Coast, Philippines (Uploaded 02-06-2012)
The black sand of coastal villages facing the Lingayen Gulf, Philippines, is being mined for magnetite, a highly-valuable mineral used by industrial companies. The once pristine beaches are now destroyed and coastal erosion alarms residents…

Magnetite Beach Sand Mining Operation, Buguey, Cagayan, North Eastern Coast, Philippines: Youtube Video

Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks: A UNEP report (GEA-March 2014)

Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Experiencing The Rebirth Of A River

©Photo courtesy of Dylan Tomine


“The first thing we noticed was the amazing clarity of the water. Opponents of the dam removal predicted the river would be constantly dirty with sediment for years to come, and yet, even just days after blowing the last of the upper dam, we had at least eight feet of gorgeous, blue-green-tinted visibility…”

Read Full Article, By Dylan Tomine

World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River (08-27-2014)
A construction crew detonated a large charge of dynamite, destroying the last remaining portion of Glines Canyon Dam and hastening the restoration of the Elwha River in the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest. Part of the largest dam-removal project in the nation, the $325 million undertaking represents the beginning of a new era for the river…

“River Reborn: Elwha Flows Wild and Free Once Again,” NBC News

Elwha, The Grand Experiment (11-12-2012)

DamNation; a Documentary That’s Testing the Waters of Corporate Social Responsibility; From Felt Soul Media
DamNation is a feature documentary, shown this week at SXSW in Austin, Tx. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature…

Controversial dam projects – in pictures, The Guardian UK
A look is taken at some of the world’s most contentious dam projects, from the Three Gorges in China to Brazil’s Belo Monte dam.

A Next Generation of Heroes

Photo source: ©© MandaRose


In the future our warriors and leaders may more often emerge from the ranks of young men and women willing to go in harm’s way to confront an expanding range of catastrophes in unusual and dangerous settings from the burning islands of Indonesia to the floodwaters of Europe to the blazing hills of Arizona and California. Their ranks will include firefighters, the Coast Guard, the National Guard, cops, lifesavers, anti-poaching activists, CDC Epidemiologists and Doctors Without Frontiers and of course those 19 brave men who lost their lives on the fire line on May 30, 2013.

The outcome of the next major global conflicts, for clean energy, potable water, arable soil and healthy seas could be the real game changer for society. It’s going to be a rough transition to a sustainable blue planet for ten billion people…

Read Full Article, David Helvarg / The Huffington Post

The Case for Cool: Student Engagement to Save the Planet

Photo source: ©© Breno Peck


“Rising temperatures around the globe are a reality, and so too is the primary cause: Energy-related CO2 emissions caused by human-beings. Long term energy analysis by the highly respected International Energy Agency (IEA) shows the world traveling down a very, very unsustainable track.

To save the planet, we need to create a global movement of ordinary people demanding action now. The people, young and old, rich and poor, must seize power over global policy by taking control away from the fossil fuel companies who now wield it.

So, hope – real hope – for changing government policy to save the planet rests with the people, those whose children and grandchildren will inherit this tragic whirlwind, and, most importantly, the younger generation…”

Read Full Article,The Huffington Post

Tar Sands Raw Deal: Arkansas Spill Is Another Reason to Say No to Tar Sands Pipeline

Photo source: ©© Shell


“When I see raw tar sands coursing through people’s yards and across wetlands, it makes me sick. My thoughts are with the people in Arkansas who are dealing with this river of toxic mess… ”

Read Full Article, by Robert Redford, Huffington Post

When to Say No, The New York Times
In itself, the Keystone pipeline will not push the world into a climate apocalypse. But it will continue to fuel our appetite for oil and add to the carbon load in the atmosphere. There is no need to accept it.

EPA Concerns to Proposed Oil Pipeline From Canada to Gulf Coast,(Uploaded 06-08-2011)
The Environmental Protection Agency has raised concerns about a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Tipping Points: Can Humanity Break The Planet?

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


A paper published Thursday in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution suggests that while human society does a very thorough job of modifying and, often enough, permanently and abruptly changing the dynamics of local and regional ecosystems, the collective impact of all this on a planetary scale is too often overstated.

Dire warnings that our localized impacts could trigger global-scale “tipping points,” after which the spinning cogs and gears that underpin our entire terrestrial biosphere are thrown abruptly and permanently out of whack, have no scientific basis, the authors argue. Global-scale changes, such that they are, come about smoothly and slowly, they say…

Read Full Article, Huffington Post