Without an end to the wave of people fleeing warfare Syria and elsewhere for a new future, it can be easy to turn a blind eye to the suffering. From the Greek island of Kos, photographer Jörg Brüggemann captured jarring juxtapositions on beaches shared by vacationers and refugees alike.
Ventura and Oxnard in California could be vulnerable to the effects of a local earthquake-generated tsunami, according to computer models used by seismologists. According to their 3-D models, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake on faults located offshore Ventura would result in many parts of the regional coastline being inundated a few kilometers inland by a tsunami wave. Further, a southward moving tsunami would rotate and focus on the Ventura/Oxnard area.
Sandy Beaches are everything to us here in Southern California, a central pillar of both our cultural identity and economic engine. They are where we birthed surf culture (on beaches like Huntington and Surfrider), invented beach volleyball (on beaches like Manhattan Beach and Redondo), trained our young people to fight the axis powers of WWII (on beaches across Coronado Island and Mugu Lagoon), have filmed our entertainment for a century (on beaches like Leo Carrillo and Will Rogers), see the manifestation of climate change/sea level most clearly (at Ventura’s Surfer’s Point Beach), pump ourselves up to become the next action movie star or guvernator (this really only ever happens on Venice…check out the Jim’s killer glass if you go), stare over the tops of our sunglasses at scantily clad people (on any beach you can think of this holiday weekend) and first learned how devastating an oil spill can really be (on beaches across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties in 1969.
La Niña-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Panamá were closely associated with an abrupt shutdown in coral reef growth that lasted 2,500 years, scientists have found. The study suggests that future changes in climate similar to those in the study could cause coral reefs to collapse in the future.
Nearly all sea turtle species have been classified as endangered, with precipitous declines in many populations in recent decades. But new protections, particularly in the U.S. and Central America, are demonstrating that dramatic recovery for these remarkable reptiles is possible.
Building on the success of the Bathing Water Quality project, we wanted to explore what it could look like to make water quality information available to users who don't have a water-quality-science background. Water quality data allows consumers to ask "I want to go to a beach with clean bathing water".
What did the L.A. Basin look like before there was an L.A.? A team of scientists, geographers, and other researchers recently released a report that reconstructs the historical landscape of the Ballona Creek watershed.
Donald Rodriguez's insight:
We often talk about the fact that 90% of the wetlands in California have been lost. This is nice local case study of that loss.
“ Hundreds of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles came ashore on Ostional Beach to lay their eggs, but thousands of tourists were already there, doing nearly everything you’re not supposed to do around a threatened species attempting to reproduce.”
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Donald Rodriguez's insight:
An example of poorly managed tourism in the coastal zone. Much of Costa Rica's coastal tourism is not managed because agencies lack resources to hire adequate staff
In the decades-long struggle to make the beaches fronting California's well-heeled coastal communities more accessible to the public that owns them, a mile-long stretch of Malibu known as Billionaires' Beach has been the site of a particularly pitched battle.
A federal judge ruled yesterday that the National Marine Fisheries Service acted illegally in approving U.S. Navy testing and training activities in the Pacific Ocean that threaten widespread harm to whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and imperiled sea turtles.
Apia, Samoa: The 38 member Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) has once again taken minimal action to sustain the collapsing fish stocks in its care, with only the virtually collapsed Pacific Bluefin Tuna benefitting from management measures in line with scientific recommenda
Article Citation: Anton McLachlan and Atsu Dorvlo (2005) Global Patterns in Sandy Beach Macrobenthic Communities. Journal of Coastal Research: Volume 21, Issue 4: pp. 674 – 687. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2112/03-0114.1
Warmer air and water temperatures, combined with overseas tropical storms, delivered an ecologically desirable but olfactory disagreeable gift to the shores of Laguna Beach this summer: copious amounts of kelp.
PIRatE Lab's insight:
Can we please get an editor in here?!? It is "wrack" people. While I sen to have long given up the hope that writers actually know something about science, there is still a thing called a dictionary.
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