Coastal Care

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Category: Poor Coastal Development

Ex-Mayor 4-year-term jail sentence over storm deaths, overturned by French Court

Ex-Mayor 4-year-term jail sentence over storm deaths, overturned by French Court

Overturning the first degree of jurisdiction’s sentence of last December, the former mayor of a Vendée town has been handed by the Poitiers Court of Appeal, a two-year suspended sentence in connection with the deaths of 29 people during Storm Xynthia in 2010.

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Capt. Sam’s Spit road gets court go-ahead; conservation groups plan to appeal, SC

Capt. Sam’s Spit road gets court go-ahead; conservation groups plan to appeal, SC

A wall to protect a road to a controversial development on Capt. Sam’s Spit can be built, a state Administrative Law Court judge has ruled, despite an earlier state Supreme Court ruling that stopped the road along a piece of the disappearing natural coast.

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Developers don’t get it: climate change means we need to retreat from the coast

Developers don’t get it: climate change means we need to retreat from the coast

It is preposterous to build in areas that are bound to flood. So why are real estate companies still doing it?

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Alabama has been destroying its natural coast

Alabama has been destroying its natural coast

From its beginning Alabama has been endowed with some of the finest natural white sand beach and dune systems in the nation, but, over time, we have preserved less, and destroyed more of this asset than any other state. We have literally “paved paradise and put up a parking lot!

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How clam-diggers saved an estuary

How clam-diggers saved an estuary

How decisions almost a half-century ago continue to impact our natural resources. As a result of a stalled development in the 1960s, changes in the Necanicum River estuary, north of Seaside Oregon, remain evident today.

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Californians Fight Over Whether Coast Should Be Rugged or Refined

Californians Fight Over Whether Coast Should Be Rugged or Refined

The California Coastal Commission, created 45 years ago, has been one of the most powerful governmental agencies in the nation, with sweeping powers to determine what gets built, or does not get built, on the 1,100 miles of cliffs, mountains and beaches along the Pacific Ocean. It has mediated the often clashing agendas of two of the most influential forces that help to define this state: environmentalism and the drive for growth.

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Beach erosion making St Clair too dangerous, New Zealand

Beach erosion making St Clair too dangerous, New Zealand

Dunedin surfers and lifeguards are calling for urgent council action to save St Clair beach. The call comes as the city prepares to host the National Surf Championships next week. Beach erosion has been a problem at St Clair for more than a century, as waves hitting the sea wall bounce off with more energy than those washing back from a regular beach.

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White sand, black gold: when oil derricks loomed over California beaches

White sand, black gold: when oil derricks loomed over California beaches

As California population boomed in the decades following the gold rush of 1849, there was a rapidly growing demand for petroleum. By 1920, California was producing 77 million barrels of oil a year, and vast stretches of the state were occupied by derricks, and refineries. In coastal places such as Venice, oil derricks ran right up to the shore, mingling with residential neighborhoods and pristine beaches.

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Chennai floods are not a natural disaster, Tamil Nadu, India

Chennai floods are not a natural disaster, Tamil Nadu, India

As a city on the high-energy coast facing the Bay of Bengal, Chennai is no stranger to heavy rains and cyclonic storms. But with every invitation to “Make in Chennai”, the city is unmaking itself and eroding its resilience to perfectly normal monsoon weather events. The infrastructure of big commerce has replaced the infrastructure to withstand natural shocks.

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