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Cancún must be about more than climate change

Playa Del Carmen, coastal erosion. Photo source: ©© Andrewarchy


Twelve months ago I stood up in front of heads of state at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen and told them that they could not negotiate with the climate; they would have to negotiate with each other. And as leaders prepare to meet again in Cancún next week, I repeat my plea…

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Blue Flag or Red Herring: Do beach awards encourage the public to visit beaches?

Photo source: ©© Griffin Guiding

Abstract from, John McKenna, Allan T.Williams, J. Andrew G. Cooper, Tourism Management, 2010. (articles in press)

Surveys of beach visitor motivation in Ireland, Wales, Turkey and the USA indicate that beach awards play an insignificant role in motivation to visit beaches.

However, a number of criteria closely identified with awards, notably cleanliness and water quality, are revealed to be very important.

Aesthetic and emotional factors such as scenic setting and general ambience, and practical concerns such as proximity and range of activities available are much more important than beach awards in attracting visitors to beaches.

The merits of beach awards are critically reviewed and it is concluded that any benefits that might accrue are in areas other than attracting visitors.

Blue Flagged Beaches in Britain

Bangladesh and Maldives: Sand Export Deal in Sight

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


The government is seriously assessing the potentials of exporting sand to the Maldives as an inter-minister meeting yesterday decided to invite sand importers of Maldives to Bangladesh.

An inter-ministerial meeting held at the land ministry decided to send the invitation through the foreign ministry. The government will step further on this regard after getting specifications of sand quality from them…

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Alaskan Coast: Feds set aside critical habitat for polar bear

Alaska, houses collapsing due to coastal erosion. The village and homes are being destroyed by a rising tide, to the point where homes are being abandoned as they literally fall into the ocean. Residents can do nothing to stop the water as it approaches their homes. Captions and Photo source: ©© Laurence Hislop / UNEP


The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles in Alaska as a “critical habitat” for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

The total, which includes large areas of sea ice off the Alaska coast, is about 13,000 square miles, or 8.3 million acres, less than in a preliminary plan released last year…

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Scientists Call for Protection and Better Management for Australian Reefs

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

By ARC, Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies, in Science Daily

Leading scientists and marine managers have called for a greater national effort to protect vital 1000-kilometre stretches of ocean bordering the middle of Australia’s eastern and western coastlines…

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Sinking Sundarbans: A Photo Gallery by Peter Caton, Greenpeace

Shukdev Das: “I live in Ghoramara. I lost my house due to the rising sea water. We are certain that in the near future, our island will also be under water. We don’t know where we shall live.” Captions and photos source: © Greenpeace / Peter Caton


The Sundarbans, a network of islands that spans the mouth of the Ganges delta from eastern India to Bangladesh, are sinking rapidly. The seas around the islands in the Bay of Bengal that support a unique mangrove ecosystem are rising faster than anywhere else on Earth, and the lives and livelihoods of more than 4 million residents are under threat from rising waters and a greater number of cyclones…

Read Full Article and View Photo Gallery: Sinking Sundarbans: A Slideshow, Greenpeace / © Peter Caton, The Guardian UK

Sinking Sundarbans: An exhibition of photographs by Peter Caton, Guardian UK

Featured images source: © Greenpeace/Peter Caton

As world warms, negotiators give talks another try

Playa Del Carmen, coastal erosion. Photo source: ©© Andrewarchy


The last time the world warmed, 120,000 years ago, the Cancun coastline was swamped by a 7-foot (2.1-meter) rise in sea level in a few decades. A week from now at that Mexican resort, frustrated negotiators will try again to head off a new global deluge.

The disappointment of Copenhagen, the failure of the annual U.N. conference to produce a climate agreement last year in the Danish capital, has raised doubts about whether the long-running, 194-nation talks can ever agree on a legally binding treaty for reining in global warming…

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The Last of The Sea Nomads

Photo source: ©© Franck Vervial


As the Malay Bajau people risk destroying the reefs that sustain them, photographer James Morgan captures a centuries-old culture.

Diana is one of the world’s last marine nomads; a member of the Bajau ethnic group, a Malay people who have lived at sea for centuries, plying a tract of ocean between the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Over generations, the Bajau adapted to their maritime environment and, though marginalised, their knowledge was revered by the great Malay sultans, who counted on them to establish and protect trade routes…

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James Morgan, Photo Gallery