Category Archives: Poor Coastal Development

50 Houses on Kiawah Sand

Documentary about proposed development at south end of Kiawah Island, produced by Mary Edna Fraser and Celie Dailey. Includes interviews with Dr. Orrin Pilkey, Professor of Earth Scieces at Duke University, and Nancy Vinson, Coastal Conservation League’s Program Director for Air and Water Quality. Diagrams and maps are provided by geologist Miles O. Hayes, quoted in a recent Post & Courier article as saying, “I’m appalled that they want to develop that spit. Ridiculous. Stable? It’s one of the most unstable places on the East Coast.”

Norfolk, Virginia, Tackles Rise in Sea

Coastal erosion, Virginia. Photo source: ©© MizGingerSnaps


In this section of the Larchmont neighborhood, built in a sharp “u” around a bay off the Lafayette River, residents pay close attention to the lunar calendar, much as other suburbanites might attend to the daily flow of commuter traffic…

Read Full Original, The New York Time

Explaining Norfolk’s Creeping Tides

The Last house of Sinking Chesapeake Bay Island

Last House on Holland Island, Maryland. Captions and Photo source: ©© baldeaglebluff


The story was strange enough to be a child’s fable: In an isolated section of the Chesapeake Bay, there was a two-story Victorian house that seemed to emerge directly from the water. And, scurrying around it, there was a retiree, trying to keep the house from falling in.

Finally, the man gave up. And last month, the house did, too. Raked by a storm, it cracked at the spine and collapsed into a one-story wreck.

The tale of the house and the man illustrates the Chesapeake’s problem with rising oceans and sinking land. It has already erased life on most of the bay’s islands and now is threatening to erase the islands themselves…

Read Full Article, The Washington Post

Potentially devastating impacts of major coastal developments, Australia

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The establishment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and export facilities at Gladstone could have a disastrous impact on threatened marine life, the World Wildlife Fund says.

Endangered species will include Australia’s only native dolphin, the rare snubfin dolphin…

Read Full Article, The Sydney Morning Herald

Battling Flood issues, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Port of Spain, Trinidad. Photo source: ©© Li Tsin Soon


The coastal city of Port of Spain, was built on mud flats and reclaimed lands.

At high tide, with virtually a drizzle, the city is prone to flooding. Is the building of ponds in the Sea Lots area, widening and dredging of rivers and canals the solution to the flooding of Port of Spain..?

Read Full Article Article, Trinidad Express News

A Better Plan Needed

Shipwrecks and Vanishing Coastlines: a Nigerian Predicament

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Residents of Jakande Estate, Lekki, have raised an alarm over the spreading erosion on the beach, about 500 metres away from the sea, which they say threaten their lives.

The residents said the erosion was noticed five months ago, and that it might be caused by a stranded ship that has not been removed since a February storm washed some ships ashore.

The culprit ship, named MT Ray, is one of the 16 vessels washed ashore on February 14 but has now sunk deeply into the sea…

Read Full Article, 234Next

Lekki residents demand urgent action against erosion

Removal of Wrecked Ships: Good for the Environment, Camsao

Lagos State’s intend to intensify efforts to safeguard coastline

Exploring links between Ocean Warming, Stronger Hurricanes and low-lying coastal zones

Photo Source: NASA / GSFC.
Hurricanes are giant, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 miles (257 kilometers) an hour and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons (9 trillion liters) of rain a day. These same tropical storms are known as cyclones in the northern Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, and as typhoons in the western Pacific Ocean.


In an interview with Yale Environment, MIT meteorologist discusses current thinking on how higher sea surface temperatures are likely to lead to stronger hurricanes, thus believing subsidies and bailouts encouraging people to live in vulnerable, low-lying coastal zones are folly…

Read Full Article, Yale Environment 360

Kingscliff Battles Beach Erosion, Australia

Coastal erosion. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Two months ago, photographer Tania Phillips stood where the Cudgen Creek meets the Pacific Ocean at Kingscliff on the far north coast and noticed that the beach was washing away.

Kingscliff residents fear their idyllic seaside village may never be restored to its former glory after the besieged coastline copped a further battering this week…

Read Full Article, Gold Coast News

Watch a Slideshow, Science Daily