What’s being done to restore wetlands?

What’s being done to restore wetlands?

Photo: As part of wetland restoration in New Jersey, teams intentionally added sediment. These additions to a degraded coastal marsh improved conditions for plant growth. Credit: Tim Welp/Christine VanZomeren

Wetlands are fun places to get muddy, enjoy the outdoors, and listen for birdsongs. They provide important habitat for wildlife, and for recreation. You’ve likely seen wetlands on the fringes of lakes, on river floodplains, along the coast, and anywhere else … [more…]

Government is Scaling Back Water Quality Protections. Surfers are Picking up the Slack.

The Government is Scaling Back Water Quality Protections. These Surfers are Picking up the Slack

Photo: A surfer rides a wave against the industrial backdrop of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion/Courtesy of Surfrider)

Decades ago, California surfers decided to fight coastal pollution. Today, their massive network of citizen scientists is monitoring water quality in places the government doesn’t.

In 1984, a small group of California surfers were fed up with the development and water pollution at their favorite break, Malibu’s Surfrider Beach. They took their … [more…]

With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future

With nowhere to hide from rising seas, Boston prepares for a wetter future

Photo: ON THE RISE Bostonians are getting used to flooding. Morrissey Boulevard (shown), near the campus of University of Massachusetts Boston, gets hit several times a year during high tides. DAVID L. RYAN/BOSTON GLOBE/GETTY IMAGES

The coastal city is taking the hint from recent storms and floods

Boston dodged a disaster in 2012. After Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New Jersey and New York, the superstorm hit Boston near low … [more…]

From Atlantic City to Key West: 21 beach towns that will soon be under water

From Atlantic City to Key West: 21 beach towns that will soon be under water

Photo: Tropical Depression Barry was a hurricane when it hit Cypremort Point, Louisiana. USA TODAY Network drone pilots captured video of flooding there. USA TODAY

There are about 13,000 miles of coastline in the 48 contiguous United States, and by the end of the century, these contours will be greatly altered by climate change.

By the close of the 21st century, about 2.5 million properties worth $1.07 trillion, in cities … [more…]

Should we corral reefs?

photo: a home aquarium

TANKS IN THE DARK. An enthusiast’s aquarium, filled with various fish species, is situated within the four walls of his bedroom. Photo by Kelly Veneracion

In the world of aquarium keeping, beauty has a price.

Scientists and environmentalists are concerned with the alarming status of coral reefs in the Philippines, which was confirmed in a nationwide survey held this year. According to a Philippine Journal of Science report on initial … [more…]