Latest Coast Stories

2008-09-09 18:00:15

By COURTNEY HACKNEY The recent visit by Tropical Storm Fay reminds us that the First Coast is subject to change at any time. Nature doesn't care where we place property boundaries or homes and may change the landscape without notice. What we view as permanent is just one frame in the story of the coastal environment. Beaches erode and rebuild in predictable ways, never when or where we wish. In this era of global climate change and rising sea levels, we should expect that natural beaches...

2008-08-19 12:00:29

By Michael Savage Di Wrightson used to complain that a row of bungalows blocked the view of the sea from her home in the picturesque village of Happisburgh, pronounced "Haysbrough", on the north Norfolk coast. Now she says she wishes they were still there to block her view. Those bungalows have now been claimed by the encroaching North Sea, along with a road, part of a meadow - and Di Wrightson's garage. Her home on Beach Road now sits precariously near the edge of a cliff that was...

2008-08-12 13:45:00

United States and University of New Hampshire scientists will depart from Barrow, Alaska to begin a three-week journey on Thursday to compose a map of the ocean floor and the continental shelf for future oil and natural gas exploration. Scientist onboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy plan to create a three-dimensional map of the Arctic Ocean floor in a relatively unexplored area known as the Chukchi borderland. Then, on September 6, Canadian scientists will join the Healy to collect data...

2008-06-19 15:00:18

U.S. scientists say they've started a two-year experiment testing a new method of dealing with polluted sediment in coastal waterways. The University of New Hampshire researchers are in a polluted sediment mud flat at the edge of the Cocheco River near downtown Dover, N.H. Rather than dredging or burying the sediment under sand, the researchers are using geotextile mats to cap and stabilize the pollution in place. Led by Associate Professor Kevin Gardner and Research Assistant Professor...

2008-06-14 03:00:16

By Shelley Terry, Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio Jun. 14--ASHTABULA -- Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen will travel Monday with Rep. Steven C. LaTourette, R-Concord, to Coast Guard Stations Fairport and Ashtabula. Allen, LaTourette and a representative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington will meet with recreational boaters at the Fairport Harbor Senior Center and then on to Ashtabula to take a boat tour of the Ashtabula Harbor. Allen will discuss boating...

2008-06-04 16:00:00

A U.N. University report said on Wednesday that high food prices could be adding pressure for more fishing along coasts where the environment faces threats from pollution and climate change.The report said governments needed to work out better policies to safeguard resources. An estimated 40 percent of all people live within 30 miles of coasts.The study by the university's International Network on Water, Environment and Health (INWEH) said that the decline is terminal and that much more...

2008-04-26 00:00:00

Along the U.S.-Mexico border, the fragile salt marshes at the mouth of the Tijuana River are clinging to life as one of the last vestiges of undeveloped California coast, where tall grasses sway gently in the breeze and rare birds stop to nest. Just across the border is another landscape: old tires, plastic bottles, raw sewage and vast amounts of filthy sediment, all of it threatening to wash across the divide and spoil one of California's few surviving coastal wetlands. Conservationists are...

2008-03-24 13:10:00

An Atlantic storm that kicked up huge waves reaching as high 30 feet has caused the beaches of Barbados to become littered with pieces of broken coral.  Some of the white coral had washed up in chunks as heavy as seven pounds, with their polyps rubbed away by the rough surf.Scientists reported Sunday that the amount of coral rubble on the island's coast may indicate damage to the region's coral reefs. Leo Brewster, director of Barbados' Coastal Zone Management Unit, is organizing dives...

2008-02-14 13:45:00

More than 40 percent of the world's oceans are heavily impacted by human activities, such as overfishing and pollution, leaving only four percent relatively unspoiled, according to a new study that provides a first of its kind map that shows the damaging effects of human activities across the world's oceans. According to the new map, the most heavily affected waters include the East Coast of North America, North Sea, South and East China Seas, Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea,...

2008-01-17 14:20:00

The changing climate is threatening the coast of Britain. Seven of the ten warmest years ever recorded for Britain's waters have been in the last decade, the governments "Marine Climate Change Impacts" report shows. This climate change is wreaking havoc on the marine wildlife off the coast of Britain, destroying the coastline, heating the water, and increasing the chances of flooding and major storms, the government reports. The warmth of the water is killing both micro-organisms and...

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