Three newspapers confront one challenge: Sea-level rise is real

photo: woman walking on flooded sidewalk in Florida. Three newspapers confront one challenge: Sea-level rise is real, South Florida needs all hands on deck — now

In August, 2017, a woman walks along a flooded sidewalk along Alton Road near Michigan Avenue in Miami Beach. New research from NOAA suggests this kind of flooding could happen every day by 2070 under most climate models. Emily Michot MIAMI HERALD

South Florida needs all hands on deck — now

No graver threat faces the future of South Florida than the accelerating pace of sea-level rise. In the past … [more…]

The cataclysmic cost of Trump’s ‘war on oceans’

Photo illustration: The cataclysmic cost of Trump’s ‘war on oceans’

Photo illustration by Lesley Becker/Globe Staff/Adobe Stock

This summer, 60 million Americans will head to the seaside to enjoy majestic waves and salty breezes. It all seems reassuringly familiar. But the oceans, which cover 70 percent of the earth and control the climate, the water cycle, and 50 percent of the oxygen we breathe, are approaching a dangerous tipping point. The Arctic is melting faster than at any time in … [more…]

NJ beach bacteria: The Shore can’t dodge NYC’s sewage

NJ beach bacteria: The Shore can't dodge NYC's sewage

The Asbury Park Press analyzed nearly 4,000 water quality tests performed at New Jersey beaches this summer. Here are the five beaches that failed bacteria tests most often. Russ Zimmer

Flare-ups of bacteria connected to human and animal feces have long plagued certain beaches on the Jersey Shore, threatening to sicken swimmers and scare away tourism dollars. State officials believe New Jersey has fixed some trouble spots ahead of the … [more…]

Great Pacific Garbage Patch now three times the size of France

Great Pacific Garbage Patch now three times the size of France

A huge, swirling pile of trash in the Pacific Ocean is growing faster than expected and is now three times the size of France. According to a three-year study published in Scientific Reports Friday, the mass known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is about 1.6 million square kilometers in size — up to 16 times bigger than previous estimates.

That makes it more than double the size of Texas. … [more…]

The Great Barrier Reef of the Americas: Coastal Lessons from the Past

The Great Barrier Reef of the Americas: Coastal Lessons from the Past

This is part 1 of a two-part series concerning Richard Condrey and Natalie Peyronnin’s recent paper, “Using Louisiana’s coastal history to innovate its coastal future,” published in Shore & Beach, Fall 2017. See part 2 here.

They were there, billions of oysters on the Great Barrier Reef of the Americas (GRBA), along the southern coast of Louisiana – a dangerous impediment to navigation. Just three to four feet under

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