Category Archives: Features

Kenya Bans Plastic Bags

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Photo source: ©© Jelen Photo

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Early this year, January 9th 2011, Kenya outlawed the manufacture and import of plastic bags for damaging the environment, effective in March.

The ban is on bags up to 0.06 millimetres (60 microns) in thickness which winds often carry hundreds of kilometres (miles) from their source of origin…

Read Full Article, Independent UK

Building a Plastic Bottle Boat in Kenya, OpEd News
Tourists regularly leave plastic water bottles on Kenya’s beaches. One man decided to do something about it, in the form of a boat…

Facebook Group to Rally Against Barbados’ Scenic East Coast Tourism Development

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Barbados, East Coast. Photo source: ©© Sue Kellermann

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Opposition is mounting in Barbados, against a plan by foreign investors to develop popular recreational spot Cove Bay, St. Lucy into a multi-million dollar resort.

The investors have plan that includes the construction of villas and a restaurant along the cliff there, but news of the project is raising concern, prompting the establishment of a Facebook group that now has more than 750 members, and words of concern from the Barbados National Trust…

Rad Full Article, Barbados Today

Topsail Beach Must Sift Shells From New Beach Sand

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A thick bed of oyster shells runs along Topsail Beach. Photo Source: N.C. Division of Coastal Management.

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Shell fragments pumped onto Topsail Beach’s shoreline during the town’s ongoing beach nourishment project are going to have to be removed, an unanticipated project that could cost the town thousands…

Read Full Article, Star News

Topsail Beach Nourishment project, in Coastal Care

North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, a Documentary by Orrin H. Pilkey, in Coastal Care
Another documentary in The Beaches of The World series, World famous coastal geologist Orrin H. Pilkey, along with area locals, offer their perspective in North Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA.

Goa’s Beaches Best Kept Secret: Illegal Sand Mining, India

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Sand mining is banned in Goa. But even when NDTV team filmed openly, nobody blinked an eye. While the private companies who are behind this may profit in the short term, in the long term, though, the impact on environment may be beyond repair.

View Original Video and Read article, NDTV India

Located in South West India in the region known as the Konkan, Goa is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Goa is India’s richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole. (Wikipedia)

Despite having a coastline that extends over 4,300 miles, India doesn’t attract nearly as many visitors to its beautiful beaches as to its temples and palaces. Perhaps that explains why those beaches are so neglected.

The state’s entire 63-mile coastline is eroded, and some beaches have lost as much as 65 feet of landmass in recent years…

7 beaches to see before they disappear

Featured Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

Quake Moved Japan coast by 8 feet: USGS

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Photograph courtesy of Mark Edward Harris

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Japan’s recent massive earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, appears to have moved the island by about eight feet (2.4 meters), the US Geological Survey said.

Read Full Article, AFP

Japan Quake May Have Slightly Shortened Earth Days, Moved Axis, Science Daily

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This National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global bathymetry map image released on March 11, 2011 shows features of the ocean floor depth (or bathymetry) from a NOAA ETOPO-1 dataset. The image shows the entire Western Pacific basin. Notice how abruptly the Japanese islands rise out of the ocean. Other coastal Asian areas have much more gradual slopes. The islands and mountain ranges throughout the ocean, visible in this imagery, also affect the tsunami travel time and speed. In the open ocean, tsunamis can travel at speeds up to 500 mph (800 kph). This momentum is what creates such a destructive force as the wave moves inland. (NOAA)

Dredging in South Padre Island, Texas, Leaves Pile of Clay Behind

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Padre Island National Seashore. Photo source: ©By Katie McDowell Peek

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When you first arrive at Isla Blanca Beach Park, some might think they are looking at some construction going on.

But actually the pile of clay at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island is what was left of the Brazos Dredging Project that pumps sand out of the Brownsville Ship Channel and onto the beaches of South Padre Island…

Original Article and Video, Valley Central

Model Shows Intense Wave Power of Tsunami

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Propagation of the March 11, 2011 Honshu tsunami was computed with the NOAA forecast method using MOST model with the tsunami source inferred from DART® data. From the NOAA Center for Tsunami Research, located at NOAA PMEL in Seattle. WA

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A video model created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the extraordinary power of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the coast of Japan last Friday, causing widespread devastation…

Read Full Article, The New York Times