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Tracking Source of Microbial Contamination at the Beach

“Leaving such a bag on the beach will result in preserved excrement, protected from the elements for years by a bag which could take a long time to break down…” Photo source: ©© Tuija


A simple, automated method of tracking E. coli uses a laser to detect and monitor the microbe in potentially contaminated bodies of water or waterways. The technique described this month in the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design could reduce the incidence of waterborne disease outbreaks…

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Bad Boy Bacteria, by Sharlene Pilkey, in Coastal Care

9 Surprising Diseases You Can Catch at The Beach, in Coastal Care

Presidential Panel: Tougher Rules Urged for Offshore Drilling

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The presidential panel investigating the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico recommended on Tuesday that Congress approve substantial new spending and sweeping new regulations for offshore oil operations at a time when the appetite for both is low…

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Panel: Gulf Oil Spill Could Happen Again

Drawing up a Global “Red List” of Vanishing Ecosystems

Indonesia. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

By Ian James, Associated Press

From mangrove swamps in Venezuela to lowland forests in Indonesia, entire communities of plants and animals are under threat. Now scientists are figuring out how to catalog and map the world’s most threatened ecosystems, just like their familiar list of endangered species.

Some experts say drawing up a global “Red List” of vanishing ecosystems would help them spot looming crises caused by everything from climate change to the cutting of forests, and would sharpen their focus on areas to conserve…

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Methane Gas Concentrations in Gulf of Mexico Quickly Surprises Scientists

methane gulf oil spill
This shows the deployment of the CTD Rosette system for collecting water samples. Photo Source: Texas A&M University and NOAA.

Excerpt from UCSB

Calling the results “extremely surprising,” researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Texas A&M University report that methane gas concentrations in the Gulf of Mexico have returned to near normal levels only months after a massive release occurred following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion…

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Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered, Namibia

Photograph SAF – Coastal Care

Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered

Excerpt from AllAfrica, Namibian Press, by Adam Hartman

While sand mining in the Swakop River is a crucial element of coastal development, sand mining companies do seem take advantage of the lack of official control over mining operations.

As reported in the Namibian, “Quarries are also becoming “extremely deep” some having vertical ‘walls’ of 10,5 metres. According to the guidelines, “excavation shall under no circumstances expose the ground water table and shall have slope banks not higher than 4 metros”…

Read Full Article, “Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered” All’Africa

Read Full Article, “Swakop Sand Miners ‘Doing Their Own Thing’,” November 2010

The Skeleton Coast, Wkipedia

NASA Image, Namibia South Western Coast

Bangladesh Sand to Help Keep the Maldives Afloat

Rising sea, Maldives. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac


After looking to buy land in other countries, Maldives is making a last-ditch effort to avoid its citizens becoming climate refugees. It is importing sand.

In this endeavour to tackle the effects of global warming, none other than Bangladesh is playing Good Samaritan. Both countries are planning to sign a deal within four months to ship sand to the Maldives. The island nation faces a real threat of being inundated if the sea level rises by even one metro…

Read Full Article, Business Standard (12-28-2010)

The Himalayan Times

Bangladesh and Maldives: Sand Export Deal in Sight

Mohamed Nasheed Interviewed by Charles Homans, Foreign Policy Magazine, December 2010
Mohamed Nasheed, president of the climate-change-threatened Maldives, speaks via email with Foreign Policy’s Charles Homans about the difficulty of diplomacy, the promise of protest, and why moving his whole country might be more difficult than he once thought. The Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed is listed 39th top thinker in the world, in Foreign Policy magazine

Ban on plastic shopping bags, Italy

Plastic bag on beach. Photo source: ©© Kaometet


Italy, one of the top users of plastic shopping bags in Europe, has banned them starting January 1, with retailers warning of chaos and many stores braced for the switch.

Italians use about 20 billion bags a year, more than 330 per person, or about one-fifth of the total used in Europe, according to Italian environmentalist lobby Legambiente…

Original Article, Reuters

Plastic Bag Reduction Around the World

Plastic bag bans around the world, BBC