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
Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
A group of worried Old Bar residents, Australia, are hoping the community helps them tackle the ongoing erosion issues.
The Beach Sand Replenishment Group is raising money for a feasibility study into an off-shore reef, to hold back sand on the beach…
Read Full Article, ABC Australia
Grand Bayou, land loss. Photo source: ©© eustatic
By Jeffrey Ball, The Wall Street Journal
Louisiana officials are temporarily scaling back their ambitions for a massive dredging program that was designed to block oil from hitting coastal marshes but that continues to draw federal opposition…
Read Full Article, WSJ
Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care
For surfers, a beach break has an ephemeral quality. A sandbar might last for months, or might be removed entirely by the next storm. In a few hours a storm can completely resculpt a beach. What this means for the surfer is “keep paddling.”
For the resort or property owner things are not that simple. Such, alas, is the nature of money, investments and perhaps hubris.
Recent events in Tofino remind us that a beach is dynamic in nature and ever evolving…
Read Full Article; Dredging Today
Sand berms, Louisiana. Photo source: ©© Louisiana GOHSEP
Critics and supporters of building sand berms to shield Louisiana’s coast from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have released dueling photo sequences that alternately show one of the berms washing away or performing precisely as planned, depending on the eye of the beholder…
Read Full Article, The Times-Picayune
Dredging, Sand Berm Construction in Coastal Louisiana. Photo source: ©© Louisiana GOHSEP
Of the many cleanup solutions being pursued in the Gulf of Mexico, few are as ambitious as Louisiana’s berm project. The Army Corps of Engineers recently authorized the state to construct some 45 miles of artificial berms in an effort to protect Mississippi River Delta wetlands and barrier islands from the oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon leak, with BP promising to pay the state $360 million for the entire project. Many more miles may be authorized in the coming weeks…
Robert Young is a professor of coastal geology and director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines at Western Carolina University.
Image Source: AP, Dave Martin.
Read Full Article; By Robert Young, The New York Times.
Large concrete jacks used to stabilize beach in Japan. Photo: Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines
Topic: Use of hardened beach structures to slow erosion.
While the use of hardened beach structures are debated, there is little debate over what they do beaches over time. Hardened beach structures disrupt the natural movement of sand up and down a beach and in the case of sea walls and sand bags, eliminate the beach altogether.
Question: Should hardened beach structures be allowed on public beaches? Should their use be limited? How?
By Santa Aguila Foundation
North Carolina law has prohibited hardened structures on its beaches and inlets for more than two decades. A handful of private beachfront homeowners are attempting to undo the ban that has set a national example and protected these public beaches.
This documentary in The Beaches of The World series was made possible thanks to the generous contribution of Glenna Patton.
Join our campaign to support the ban on hardened beach structures.
Large sand bags are used on beaches to stabilize buildings that are threatened by the ocean. In most cases, the ocean was not as close when the buildings were built, but natural erosion has occurred.
Question: When should sand bags be allowed to use on shore? Should they be used to protect golf courses?