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China is no longer ruining their livelihoods, but these Filipino fishermen aren't entirely grateful

China is no longer ruining their livelihoods, but these Filipino fishermen aren't entirely grateful | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
For now, at least, life is good again for Filipino fisherman who had been locked out by China. Duterte's dealmaking has given them access to disputed waters.
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These folks are battered and unsupported.  Their strongman (Duarte) is proving the ineffectiveness of his campaign promises.  All the while, they suffer.
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Coastal Restoration
Coastal management and restoration of our planet's coastlines with a particular focus on California, Louisiana and the Pacific.  Emphasizing wetland restoration, aspects of agriculture in the coastal plain, fisheries, dealing with coastal hazards, and effective governance.
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Welcome to Coastal Restoration

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Welcome to our curation site for all things coastal management-related.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, media, factoids, and updates on current events spanning a range of coastal and marine issues.  While we are interested in a great many things, most of these entries center upon our work to document, restore, and conserve coastal ecosystems and improve the overall management of these incredible, dynamic parts of our planet.

 

In particular, you'll find postings that reflect our deep, continuing interest in:

 

- riparian, wetland, beach, & reef restoration

- improved Coastal Zone Management 

- coastal agriculture/food systems

- sustainable fisheries management

- working ports & harbors

- vibrant ocean economies

- coastal ecology & natural history

- coastal energy production

- oil spills

- water quality & ecotoxicology in the coastal zone

- historical coastal perspectives & relationship to our world ocean



If any of these posts whet your appetite, you might also be interested in some of our other research, teaching, and updates:
 
- Pirate Lab's home (links to our various blogs): http://piratelab.org/
- Coastal Management podcasts: http://bit.ly/2z4oiTw
- YouTube videos (lectures, field, & lab videos): http://bit.ly/2gA7Wa9
- RestoringNOLA twiter feed: https://twitter.com/RestoringNOLA


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Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California

Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Alex Weber discovered more than 50,000 balls in the ocean near coastal California golf courses. When golf balls degrade, as these were doing, they release plastic particles and toxic chemicals.
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Glaciers Are Retreating. Millions Rely on Their Water

Glaciers Are Retreating. Millions Rely on Their Water | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Glaciers are crucial sources of water for people and crops in Central Asia. But global warming is causing glaciers there and around the world to shrink every year.
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The Fires of 2018: What Happens Now?

The Fires of 2018: What Happens Now? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it

After California’s devastating fire season, leading CSU experts weigh in on how our people and land are recovering.
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The Camp Fire started on November 8, 2018, in Northern California's Butte County, home to California State University, Chico. Campus leaders closed the campus from November 9 through November 25, and residents of some surrounding communities were ordered to evacuate. While no university structures burned, hundreds of staff, students and faculty members lost their homes. (A number of other CSU campus were also temporarily closed due to poor air quality from the Camp Fire, including Cal Maritime, CSU East Bay, Sacramento State, San Francisco State, San José State, Stanislaus State and Sonoma State.) By the time the fire was contained on November 25, it had burned over 150,000 acres and destroyed more than 17,000 buildings across the county—the majority of those homes. The town of Paradise and adjacent Concow communities were hardest hit. Also on November 8, the Hill Fire began in Ventura County, where California State University Channel Islands is situated. Officials closed the campus on November 8 due to a mandatory evacuation order, although the 4,500-acre Hill Fire only came within three miles of campus at its nearest point. Further away, the larger Woolsey Fire (which began the same day) destroyed 1,500 structures in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, burning more than 90,000 acres in total.
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NEON ecological observatory in crisis again: Top scientist quits, Battelle fires advisory board and senior managers

NEON ecological observatory in crisis again: Top scientist quits, Battelle fires advisory board and senior managers | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
NSF-funded national facility suffers latest blow as it prepares to begin operations
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How nearly 5,000 shark jaws ended up in the hands of Cal State Long Beach scientists

How nearly 5,000 shark jaws ended up in the hands of Cal State Long Beach scientists | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Officials were concerned the boxes of shark jaws from southeast Asia might include illegal specimens from endangered species.
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UNEP in Europe - Online Newsletter

UNEP in Europe - Online Newsletter | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Solutions to marine litter have been discussed among more than 250 high-level representatives from NGOs, industry, politics and academia during a two-day conference in Brussels.   PolyTalk 2016 was held on 16-17 March and organised by PlasticsEurope - one of the leading European trade associations.   The event also explored some of the current innovations being developed to reduce litter.   Ulf Björnholm, Head of the UNEP Brussels Liaison Office to the EU, participated in one of the conference’s high-level panel debates addressing regional issues and solutions.   Mr Björnholm spoke about UNEP’s role and work in the field, inviting participants to join the Global Partnership on Marine Litter. Marine litter is a cross-border problem, he stressed. No country or region can address this by itself, therefore a global solution through partnerships is needed.   Other panel members included Mehmet Ceylan, the Turkish Deputy Minister of Environment and Urbanisation; Stefanie Werner, Scientific Officer at the German Federal Environment Agency; Andrew Morlet, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur foundation and Patrick Thomas, President of PlasticsEurope and CEO of high-tech polymer supplier Covestro.   The idea that marine litter was a global problem that required partnerships was shared by all panel members, with Mr Thomas stressing that the global challenge needs a global solution for example.   Besides global partnerships and regional cooperation being highlighted as essential dimensions of the solution, the panel also commented on the importance of the circular economy and the European Circular Economy Package. While addressing plastics in the oceans is crucial, working upstream to prevent waste and proper waste management are just as important, it was stressed.   Several panel members including Ms. Wennin furthermore pointed to the need for better regulatory frameworks and greater awareness raising. The plastics industry was a resource-inefficient one, she claimed, calling for greater efforts in addressing this challenge.   For more information please click here or write alexa.froger@unep.org

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'What is the sea telling us?': Māori tribes fearful over whale strandings

'What is the sea telling us?': Māori tribes fearful over whale strandings | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
New Zealand’s whale whisperers worry that manmade changes in the ocean are behind the spike in beachings
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How Overbuilt Levees Along the Upper Mississippi River Push Floods Onto Others

How Overbuilt Levees Along the Upper Mississippi River Push Floods Onto Others | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
When communities boost their flood protections, they push additional flood risk onto their neighbors.
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Powerless

Powerless | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The gas rush is upending communities with traffic and noise, reshaping the way the state looks and sounds. Residents are often powerless to stop it.
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This is a great example of how a story map, m=embedded into a blog or new post can really add depth, interactivity, and allow the reader to get a better sense of the subject matter.
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In Russian Village Swallowed by Sand, Life’s a Beach. Just Not in a Good Way.

In Russian Village Swallowed by Sand, Life’s a Beach. Just Not in a Good Way. | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Shoyna, a fishing village in the frigid far north, is slowly vanishing under dunes that engulf entire houses. For children, home is now a giant sandbox. Adults have to “say goodbye to my high heels.”
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New parking restrictions bad news for Fryman Canyon hikers, but good for homeowners

New parking restrictions bad news for Fryman Canyon hikers, but good for homeowners | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Local residents say they aren’t against hikers and people coming to the area for recreation. But after recent fires illustrated the potential problem of large numbers of people in the area du…
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National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, passed by Congres
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Pipeline Erupts in Fiery Explosion in Mexico, Killing 21

Pipeline Erupts in Fiery Explosion in Mexico, Killing 21 | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The explosion came amid an epidemic of fuel thefts across the country. Initial reports said more than 70 were injured.
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Three women fought to create the Santa Monica Mountains parkland now burned by the Woolsey fire

Three women fought to create the Santa Monica Mountains parkland now burned by the Woolsey fire | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area exists because of the dogged advocacy of three local conservationists, known locally as the "mothers
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Apps let everyone help track health of insect populations

Apps let everyone help track health of insect populations | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
More challenging than birdwatching and not nearly as popular, insect-watching — noting and sharing exactly what one sees and where — is nevertheless on the rise. Concern about dwindling native insect populations is one reason why. And new technolog
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Found: The Tiny, Century-Old Headstone of a Pet Bunny

Found: The Tiny, Century-Old Headstone of a Pet Bunny | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Here lies Duchie, a good rabbit.
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Marine litter on the beaches of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas

Highlights • 1-year long marine litter surveys were carried out in 31 beaches in 7 countries of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. • A standardized methodology was used for all 180 beach litter surveys. • The investigation revealed a beach litter density of 0.67 items/m2, which is relatively high. • The results provide a blueprint for the setup of beach litter monitoring and assessment programmes. • A large fraction of the top 20 items found were short-lived single-use plastic items.

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Huge trash-collecting boom in Pacific Ocean breaks apart

Huge trash-collecting boom in Pacific Ocean breaks apart | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Los Angeles • A trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii has broken apart and will be hauled back to dry land for repairs.
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Forest service posts video of gender reveal stunt that started tragic wildfire

Forest service posts video of gender reveal stunt that started tragic wildfire | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Stories that connect us and sometimes even change the world.
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Hell and High Water: Why Isn’t Texas Ready for the Next Big Hurricane?

Hell and High Water: Why Isn’t Texas Ready for the Next Big Hurricane? | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It's home to the nation's largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it's a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Learn why Texas isn't ready.
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There's a climate change lesson in this poem from a fourth grader

There's a climate change lesson in this poem from a fourth grader | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Students at an elementary school in East Boston often listen to The World. After one story about the Amazon, a student was inspired to draft a poem. The teacher invited us to visit his classroom, and we did.
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Caltrans Failing to Collect Wildlife Collision Data for Accident Prevention

Caltrans Failing to Collect Wildlife Collision Data for Accident Prevention | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
The California Department of Transportation is failing to collect roadkill and wildlife-vehicle collision data that could help identify problem areas and protect drivers and animals like mountain lions, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity.

In the documents — received from the agency through a Public Records Act request — an expert consultant discussed flaws in Caltrans districts’ reporting of large-animal collisions that “could be of concern to human safety.” California drivers hit at least 23,000 large animals a year, according to State Farm.

Four of Caltrans’ 12 districts, including those covering Orange County, San Diego and the Sierra Nevada foothills, have not collected any roadkill data for the past seven years, documents show. Other districts seem to be underreporting roadkill and are not carefully reporting the locations of collision with big animals like deer and mountain lions. That makes it difficult to identify collision hotspots that could be addressed with wildlife crossings.
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San Francisco Orders Man To Rebuild His Iconic Home After It Was Demolished

San Francisco Orders Man To Rebuild His Iconic Home After It Was Demolished | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
Built in 1936, it was one of only a handful of Bay Area projects by the renowned architect Richard Neutra.
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This strain of cultural protection is a twin to environmental legislation: in both cases the practitioners need be careful that they aren't missing the forest for the trees.
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Rangers Find Falling Trees, Exposed Hazards in Parkland Closed Since Woolsey Fire

Rangers Find Falling Trees, Exposed Hazards in Parkland Closed Since Woolsey Fire | Coastal Restoration | Scoop.it
A month after the Woolsey Fire burned through much of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation area -- open space that annually draws millions of visitors -- parks and most trails remain closed, and may no
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