Endangered sea turtles found on Louisiana islands for first time in 75 years – the Guardian

Kemp's Ridley sea turtle (by Andy Wraithmell, Florida Fish and Wildlife CC BY-ND 2.0)

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For the first time in 75 years, hatchlings of the world’s smallest sea turtle species have been discovered on the Chandeleur Islands, a chain of barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of New Orleans.

The news was particularly uplifting for environmentalists because the hatchlings were Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, an endangered species that also happens to be the world’s smallest sea turtle. The turtles are predominantly found in the Gulf, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A Drop in the Ocean – CNN Interactive

Sauðárkrókur, Iceland © 2014 D. Shrestha Ross

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As the world experiences sea level rise, Iceland’s waters are falling — and flowing to the other side of the planet…

Where Iceland gets its name from is no mystery — around a tenth of the country is covered by glaciers. But the Arctic is experiencing the most dramatic temperature rise in the world, and as a result, Iceland is now losing around 10 billion tons of ice each year, according to NASA. At this rate, Iceland could be iceless by 2200….

Patagonia Films: Newtok – Losing ground to climate change, this Alaskan community resolves to save itself

Betty Tom selecting strands of dried tundra grass for demonstrating how to weave a basket (photo: Ernie Taylor CC BY 2.0)via Flickr).

Water will erase Newtok, Alaska. Built on a delta at the edge of the Bering Sea, the tiny Yup’ik village has been dealing with melting permafrost, river erosion and decaying infrastructure for decades. To keep their culture and community intact, the 360 Yup’ik residents must relocate their entire village to stable ground upriver while facing a federal government that has failed to take appropriate action to combat climate change. In moving their village, they will become some of America’s first climate change refugees. This is a film of a village seeking justice in the face of climate disaster…

The Earth Has Limits

The number of Earths needed if the world's population lived like the countries listed (illustration by Statista CC BY-ND)

Although it may be difficult to imagine because of its size, the Earth does have its limits…

Great Barrier Reef records highest hard coral cover in 36 years – Reef Builders

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia (photo by Kyle Taylor CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

The Australian Institute of Marine Science has reported a 36-year coral coverage high across the Great Barrier Reef for 2021/22. The greatest coverage increases were reported in the North and Central regions of the GBR, which is in direct contrast as they have also been the regions worst affected by coral bleaching via rising sea temperatures in recent years. In the Southern region, monitoring found that coral coverage decreased slightly, but that was due to other pressures affecting coral, like Crown of Thorns starfish outbreaks…

Half of the beaches on the Costa del Sol are at serious risk of sand loss – SUR

Plaża w Benalmadenie na Costa del Sol (Photo: Beata77, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia)

The loss of sand is a “serious risk” for half of the beaches in Malaga province, while another 40% are at “moderate risk” and 5% at slight risk, according to a report on the Strategy for the Protection of the Malaga Coast which the Secretary of State for the Environment, Hugo Morán, presented to mayors and councilors in Malaga on Tuesday morning…

A 7m wall has gone up on a Sydney beach: are we destroying public space to save private property? – The Guardian

Coastal Erosion along Old Bar Beach, Australia (photo © SAF)

“We really didn’t want to build a wall,” says Bob Orth.

But Orth is one of 10 residents of Collaroy, on Sydney’s northern beaches, who have each paid $300,000 to do just that.

And not just any wall. Construction began in December on a seven-metre-high sheer concrete structure below the residents’ properties, which overlook a beach that has become notorious for dramatic erosion every time there is a big storm.

Why beach sand mining is so dangerous – Times of India

Coastal Sand Mining Awareness Campaign poster created by Awaaz Foundation and BNHS for the UN Convention on Biodiversity Conference in Hyderabad, India 2012 (uploaded by Sumaira Abdulali, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia)

Beach sand mining has been illegal since 1991 when the Coastal Regulation Zone Rules were first notified thirty years ago. Although illegal mining on beaches has continued nevertheless, the scale has been comparatively lesser than in rivers, where it has devasted entire swathes of land and water. Major Indian rivers like the Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari and Kaveri face existential threat…

Welcome to Coastal Care !

It’s 2022 and CoastalCare.org has a NEW LOOK . . .
Originally launched in 2010 by the Santa Aguila Foundation, CoastalCare.org was established in loving memory of young Aguila, whose favorite playground was the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean, an exceptional natural environment of unspoiled sandy beaches…