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2013-04-23 22:45:34

In 2009, the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission (CRC), a body that controls and regulates coastal development in North Carolina, asked 13 members of its advisory Science Panel to prepare a report on the state of sea-level rise in North Carolina. After the report was published, there was a subsequent maelstrom regarding its utility and validity. In this month's issue of EARTH Magazine, Orrin Pilkey and Alexander Glass from Duke University describe what happened. Based on the...

2012-03-05 23:16:00

The increasing use of large breakwaters and other hard structures to reduce erosion in "living shorelines" along coastal estuaries may be no better for the environment than the ecologically harmful bulkheads they were designed to replace, according to a report this week by scientists at Duke and Western Carolina universities. Originally, living shorelines were designed to use natural methods such as replanted native marsh grasses and oyster reefs to stabilize and protect eroding...

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2011-06-17 08:10:00

A new survey of barrier islands published earlier this spring offers the most thorough assessment to date of the thousands of small islands that hug the coasts of the world's landmasses. The study, led by Matthew Stutz of Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C., and Orrin Pilkey of Duke University, Durham, N.C., offers new insight into how the islands form and evolve over time "“ and how they may fare as the climate changes and sea level rises. The survey is based on a global collection of...

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2011-04-20 09:48:16

Earth has 657 more barrier islands than previously thought, according to a new global survey by researchers from Duke University and Meredith College. The researchers identified a total of 2,149 barrier islands worldwide using satellite images, topographical maps and navigational charts. The new total is significantly higher than the 1,492 islands identified in a 2001 survey conducted without the aid of publicly available satellite imagery. All told, the 2,149 barrier islands measure 20,783...

2008-09-23 06:00:19

By Rob Young During moments like these, the country understandably feels sympathy for those who have lost property in the wake of Hurricane Ike. But there is an important question that should be raised while the nation's attention is once again focused on billions of dollars in damage. Should the federal government pay to rebuild along vulnerable shorelines such as Surfside Beach, Texas? Surfside Beach, which is at the west end of Fallets Island, had houses built out on the beach. Many...

2008-07-25 12:00:48

By David Lauderdale, The Island Packet, Hilton Head Island, S.C. Jul. 25--Suppose for a moment that you lived on a barrier island and didn't know the difference between an ebb-tidal delta and a Pleistocene upland. You would have a hard time understanding the shifting sands and boggy mush we live on -- which makes it harder to appreciate it, love it, fight for it and protect it. That explains the importance of a new book by two scientists who have spent more than 30 years studying our...

2007-08-13 12:20:33

By Lindell Kay, The Daily News, Jacksonville, N.C. Aug. 13--NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH -- Considered a beach erosion expert by some and a beach nourishment opponent by others, retired Duke University professor Orrin Pilkey will be speaking in North Topsail Beach on Tuesday. "I am excited at the opportunity to present my view of beach nourishment to the people of North Topsail Beach," Pilkey said Friday. "This is a community where beach nourishment was apparently voted down, but the...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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