Tag Archives: Coastal Issues

Bioengineering Uses Vetiver Grass to Save Coral Reefs Near Guam

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


One of the major health hazards facing Guam’s reefs is soil erosion resulting in sedimentation and suffocation of the complex organisms that make up a reef system. “Vetiver’s ability to tolerate high stress situations, adapt to a variety of conditions, develop a dense vertical root system, and powerful soil binding characteristics make it an ideal candidate for controlling soil erosion”…

Read Full Article, Science Daily

Adelaide Sinks Off Avoca Beach, Australia

Controlled explosions have been detonated on HMAS Adelaide, sending it to the bottom of the ocean. Photo source: ©© NSW Maritime


A year of rolling legal action and 80 minutes of dancing dolphins were not enough to save the HMAS Adelaide from a watery grave.

Thousands of spectators watched on Wednesday as the decommissioned warship broke up and sank in under a minute, 1.8km off Avoca Beach on the NSW central coast…

The Adelaide will now form an artificial reef and dive site…

Read Full Article, The SMH

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New Rights Challenge to Belo Monte Dam in Brazil

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Mouth of the Amazon, Atlantic Ocean. Image source: NASA


For the first time in the long drawn-out struggle between indigenous peoples living in the Xingú river basin and the Brazilian government, the underdogs have won the support of a sizeable ally. In a letter addressed to the state of Brazil, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) officially requested it “immediately suspend the licensing process for the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant project”…

Read Full Article, Guardian UK

Belo Monte Dam, Construction Begins

The Problems With Dams

Xingu River From Space. Photo source: NASA

Worried about a radioactive ocean? A reality check

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


This week, workers at the stricken Japanese nuclear plant dumped radioactive water into the ocean to make room for storing even more highly contaminated water on the site. The water dumping came after earlier leaks of radioactive water that had already raised concerns about its effects in the ocean, raising questions about health and safety…

Read Full Article, AP

Earth’s Gravity Revealed in Unprecedented Detail

European Space Agency
How the Earth would look like if its shape were distorted to make gravity the same everywhere on its surface. Areas of strongest gravity are in yellow and weakest in blue. Animation: European Space Agency

Excerpts from the European Space Agency and from Guardian UK, Ian Sample

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…


Read Full Article “Goce satellite maps the Earth’s gravity in unprecedented precision” Gardian UK

European Space Agency

Earth Hour 2011, in Pictures

Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana. Photo source: ©© Alex de Carvalho


At 8:30pm on Saturday 26 March 2011, landmarks across the world switched off their lights for one hour in a bid to highlight global climate change.

View 26 Photos Gallery, from Paris to Singapore: VIEW GALLERY, Guardian UK

Gathered here are an other series of before-and-after photographs from this year, which (starting with the second one below) will fade between “on” and “off” when clicked.
View Fading Photos Gallery: VIEW GALLERY, Boston Pictures

Papua New Guinea Coastal Mine Waste Dumping: The Ramu Mine Case

Photo source: ©© Kahunapule Michael John


The dumping of mine tailings waste into the shallow coastal marine environment is currently before the National Court of Papua New Guinea, in a case that will have far-reaching implications. At stake are the pristine waters of the Bismarck Sea and the livelihoods of thousands of coastal inhabitants on one hand, and the future of mine waste disposal on the other: a number of other mine operators are reportedly waiting on the result before announcing their own plans for waste disposal.

While scientific institutions increasingly have to chase the dollar to survive, as scientists we have to be able to say no when profitable consultancies become ethically questionable, or when our actions in faraway places can leave a poisonous legacy for generations to come…

Read Full Article, By John Luick, Gregg Brunskill, Gavin Mudd, Amanda Reichelt-Brushett, and Philip Shearman

Villagers Deeply Concerned About Ramu Acid Spill, IntercontinentalCry

Papua New Guinea: Anti-mine campaign defies government

Online Protest Against (MCC’s Ramu Nickle Project) Deep Sea Waste Disposal in Basamuk Bay