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New Rights Challenge to Belo Monte Dam in Brazil

New Rights Challenge to Belo Monte Dam in Brazil

A group of independent Brazilian scientists, who recently studied the environmental impact report, concluded that the project was not viable. The Xingú river basin is home to four times more biodiversity that the whole of Europe.

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Nags Head beach nourishment approved

Nags Head beach nourishment approved

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 total cost of the project is between $36 million and $37 million

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Ozone Layer Faces Record 40 Percent Loss Over Arctic

Ozone Layer Faces Record 40 Percent Loss Over Arctic

Observations from satellites and ground stations suggest that atmospheric ozone levels for March in the Arctic were approaching the lowest levels in the modern instrumental era. The thinning ozone shifts away from the pole and covers Greenland and Scandinavia. Mostly the concern, for the Arctic ozone depletion, is for people that live in northern regions, more towards Iceland, northern Norway, the northern coast of Russia.

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It’s Official: There’s Plastic in All of the Subtropical Ocean Gyres

It’s Official: There’s Plastic in All of the Subtropical Ocean Gyres

Journalists and 5 Gyres Institute sail to the South to study plastic pollution in the South Pacific. Despite the lack of a theatrical spectacle, it’s still a surreal thing to see some of the results of the sampling.

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Sand Drift in Norway Caused by Sea-Level Changes and Human Activity

Sand Drift in Norway Caused by Sea-Level Changes and Human Activity

The sand along the south-western coastal rim of Norway has drifted for more than 9000 calendar years. This was triggered by sea-level changes and human activities, new research has found.

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Winthrop Beach’s Crumbling Sea wall and Acccelerated Erosion

Winthrop Beach’s Crumbling Sea wall and Acccelerated Erosion

Once a playground for the elite, who traveled from as far as Chicago to spend time at the hotels that lined the Winthrop beach in the early 20th century, the beach has been eroding over the past century. The process was accelerated by the installation of walls that were put up, which removed the source of natural sediment that once helped create the beach. Visitors can find evidence of what waves can do to manmade structures.

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Flotsam From Japan’s Tsunami to be Carried by Currents and Pushed Onshore

Flotsam From Japan’s Tsunami to be Carried by Currents and Pushed Onshore

The biggest haul of floating debris will likely be carried by currents off of Japan toward Washington, Oregon and California, then turning toward Hawaii and back again toward Asia, unless wind and ocean currents eventually push some of the massive debris from Japan’s tsunami onto the shores of the U.S. West Coast, said Curt Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who has spent decades tracking flotsam.

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Earth’s Gravity Revealed in Unprecedented Detail

Earth’s Gravity Revealed in Unprecedented Detail

After just two years in orbit, ESA’s GOCE satellite, a European spacecraft that skims the upper reaches of the atmosphere, has gathered enough data to map Earth’s gravity with unrivalled precision, from deep ocean trenches to majestic mountain ranges. The data will be crucial for understanding sea level changes, shifts in ice flows and how ocean currents, which are driven by gravity, respond as the planet warms over the next few decades.

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Corals Moving North to Escape Warming

Corals Moving North to Escape Warming

Corals are dying in tropical areas, but now it appears they are expanding their range poleward. However, even if range expansion of corals does occur, the amount of dying corals in tropical areas may be much greater than the new settlements in the temperate regions.

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