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A line in the Sand: Rebuilding Stradbroke Island After Sand Mining

North Stradbroke. Photo source: ©© Conrad Petzsch-Kunze


A line in the sand that’s what the State Government’s calling its decision to end sandmining on Stradbroke Island in eight years time. They say it gives everyone certainty about the future. But almost everyone affected by the plan, is nervous. The Sandmining Company is looking at closing much sooner than it expected. And small businesses are afraid that when the miners go, there’ll be a void that can’t be filled. Karen Berkman reports…

Original Article and Video, ABC News

Youtube Video

Sand Mining Company Proposes Expanding Stradbroke National Park

Sand Mining Ban for North Stradbroke Island

Emails Expose BP’s Attempts to Control Research Into Impact of Gulf Oil Spill

Photo source: ©© Judd McCullum


BP officials tried to take control of a $500m fund pledged by the oil company for independent research into the consequences of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, it has emerged.

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show BP officials openly discussing how to influence the work of scientists supported by the fund, which was created by the oil company in May last year…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Read The BP Internal Notes

BP plotted to influence what scientists say about oil spill’s impact, internal emails reveal

BP oil spill: British diplomatic damage control efforts
British diplomats in Washington made immediate attempts to limit the political damage following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, documents obtained under the US Freedom of Information Act reveal.

Indonesian wins international prize for river clean-up

Surabaya (formerly Soerabaja or Suroboyo) is Indonesia’s second-largest city with a population of over 2.7 million (5.6 million in the metropolitan area), and the capital of the province of East Java. It is located on the northern shore of eastern Java at the mouth of the Mas River and along the edge of the Madura Strait. Along 41 km of Surabaya River there were about 400 industries that dispose their effluent to Surabaya River waters. Photo source: ©© Matt Paish


A biologist who enlisted schoolchildren in his fight to clean up an Indonesian river that led to an international prize said he hoped young people will do more for the environment.

Student research into a 41 km (25 mile) stretch of the Surabaya river that flows through Surabaya, Indonesia’s second-largest city, prompted 35-year-old Prigi Arisandi into discoveries that helped him become one of six winners of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest award for grassroots environmentalists…

Read Full Article, Reuters

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Bioengineering Uses Vetiver Grass to Save Coral Reefs Near Guam

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


One of the major health hazards facing Guam’s reefs is soil erosion resulting in sedimentation and suffocation of the complex organisms that make up a reef system. “Vetiver’s ability to tolerate high stress situations, adapt to a variety of conditions, develop a dense vertical root system, and powerful soil binding characteristics make it an ideal candidate for controlling soil erosion”…

Read Full Article, Science Daily

Adelaide Sinks Off Avoca Beach, Australia

Controlled explosions have been detonated on HMAS Adelaide, sending it to the bottom of the ocean. Photo source: ©© NSW Maritime


A year of rolling legal action and 80 minutes of dancing dolphins were not enough to save the HMAS Adelaide from a watery grave.

Thousands of spectators watched on Wednesday as the decommissioned warship broke up and sank in under a minute, 1.8km off Avoca Beach on the NSW central coast…

The Adelaide will now form an artificial reef and dive site…

Read Full Article, The SMH

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New Rights Challenge to Belo Monte Dam in Brazil

mouth amazon
Mouth of the Amazon, Atlantic Ocean. Image source: NASA


For the first time in the long drawn-out struggle between indigenous peoples living in the Xingú river basin and the Brazilian government, the underdogs have won the support of a sizeable ally. In a letter addressed to the state of Brazil, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) officially requested it “immediately suspend the licensing process for the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant project”…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Belo Monte Dam, Construction Begins

The Problems With Dams

Xingu River From Space. Photo source: NASA

Transocean claims record sea depth for oil drilling

The ultra-deepwater drillship which is being named by the company Transocean, as Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2. Photo source: ©© John


Offshore oil drilling group Transocean claimed Tuesday that it had a set a world record for deep water drilling at an ocean depth of 3,107 metres (10,194 feet) off the coast of India.

The depth was achieved by the ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2, surpassing the previous record of 10,011 feet, also set by Transocean in 2003 in the Gulf of Mexico, the group said in a statement.

It set “what the company believes is a world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig of 10,194 feet of water while working for Reliance Industries offshore India.”…

Read Full Article, AP

Nags Head beach nourishment approved

Nags head, beach nourishment. Photo source: ©© Mark Brennan


With the blessing of a state oversight commission secured last week, the project to nourish Nags Head’s eroded beaches will officially get under way as early as mid-June, the town has announced…

Read Full Article, Dredging Today

South Nags Head, by Orrin Pilkey, Norma Longo and Joseph T. Kelly

“Coastal sustainability depends on how economic and coastline responses to climate change affect each other”. A study by Dylan Mc Namara, Brad Murray and Martin Smith

Rich Communities Are Different: They Can Buy More Sand, The New York Times

Nags Head Beach Erosion
Widespread dune erosion in Nags Head, NC. Photo source: USGS