Tag Archives: Coastal Issues

Why you should go to the world’s least-visited countries

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


As a glut of anxious headlines document overtourism, it’s easy to think that the planet is simply full.

But stray from the well-worn tourist trails, and you’ll discover another travel story entirely. In much of the world, there are places that are eager to welcome tourists — and when practiced sustainably, where tourism can even help alleviate poverty…

Read Full Article; CNN (12-30-2019)

Venice becomes the front line in the battle against overtourism; CNN (06-15-2019)

The Toll of Tourism: Can Southeast Asia Save Its Prized Natural Areas? Yale E360 (04-18-2019)

Chile moves to protect Easter Island by limiting tourism; DW (08-02-2018)
Tourists visiting Chile’s Easter Island will face new restrictions for traveling and staying on the island, Chile authorities have said. The move is aimed at protecting both the natural environment and island heritage.

Colombia’s Tayrona National Natural Park: A Caribbean Coast Gem; By Nelson Rangel-Buitrago & William J. Neal- October 2017
In 2015 and again in 2017 the park was closed for short periods to all except for indigenous groups who live within the park area “for ecological, environmental and spiritual healing” (Colombia Travel Blog, 2017), and the suggestion is made that the Park Management should set a cap on the number of visitors within the park at any given time. The “healing” time is also important to the hundreds of species that call the park home, including at least 56 endangered species. A cap on numbers of visitors may sound draconian, but the park’s mission is to protect the natural ecosystems, rather than becoming just another amusement center…

A storm brought some of the largest waves ever recorded off the California coast last week. One was 75-feet tall

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The bomb cyclone that pounded the West Coast last week brought with it some of the tallest waves ever recorded off the California coast.

A monstrous 75-foot wave was recorded about 20 miles off the coast of Cape Mendocino in northern California, according to the University of California, San Diego’s Coastal Data Information Program…

Read Full Article; CNN (12-06-2019)

When lightning strikes the beach, it vaporizes the sand ⁠— and makes these glass tubes

Nihiwatu Beach, Sumba, Indonesia
Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


When lightning strikes the beach or desert, the electricity vaporizes the sand in less than a second, creating a geological phenomenon you might have to see to believe.

The sand vaporizes as the lightning bolt shoots through the surface and creates temperatures of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, then the explosion turns the sand to glass tubes called fulgurites…

Read Full Article; Miami Herald (08-12-2019)

A North Carolina father of 6 died after being struck by a wave at the beach

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


A father of six has died after a wave struck him on a North Carolina beach and slammed him to the sand, breaking his neck…

Read Full Article; CNN (07-21-2019)

A wider, deeper beach awaits Ocean City vacationers, but is it safe? The Washington Post (06-01-2018)
Ocean City vacationers may notice deeper, wider beaches, the result of a $282 million sand-dredging project aimed at protecting the resort town from storm damage. But the work also raises concerns about surf injuries and swimmer safety…

Widening beaches might bring more hazards, researchers say; Sun Sentinel (04-04-2018)
Widening beaches might be linked to an increase in accidents, according to new data. The number of ocean rescues spikes after beaches are buffed up, according to the data published in the Journal of Ocean Research…

Why This Treacherous Hawaiian Beach, Keeps Breaking People’s Necks, The Washington Post (10-27-2015)
Adding new sand didn’t merely widen the beaches, they found — it made them higher, “resulting in steep slopes that can cause large waves to break close to shore. In other words, replenishment was doing to Delaware’s beaches what nature long ago did to Hawaii’s Sandy Beach…