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Posted on December 8, 2017 - 10:09am, by raye

Via Hakai Magazine

"Sand and gravel (collectively termed aggregates) are essential for the construction industry, used mainly for building roads and producing concrete. This has led to severe shortages worldwide. According to the United Nations, global aggregate use exceeds 40 billion tonnes per year, twice the volume of sediment carried by all the world’s rivers. As more and more sand gets cemented into the built environment, beaches like Durban’s are being stripped bare by the sea."

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Posted on December 8, 2017 - 10:00am, by raye
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Via BBC

"Sky lanterns are banned by 20 of Wales' 22 councils, but Neath Port Talbot wants to extend this to cover balloons. A report said they 'are often mistaken as food by many species' and if eaten 'can block digestive systems and cause the animal to starve'. If the plans get the go-ahead, releasing balloons from council-owned land would constitute littering."

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Posted on December 8, 2017 - 9:55am, by raye
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Via GroundUP

"In 2007, the Equality Court ordered the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to develop a new small-scale fisheries policy. This was to give recognition to the rights of local fishermen. The order included that immediate “interim relief” be given to small-scale fishermen by giving them access to marine resources while the policy is being finalised."

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Posted on December 8, 2017 - 9:50am, by raye
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Via Inside Philanthropy 

"Marine plastic pollution has been a secondary but growing concern in the huge field of oceans philanthropy. Perhaps part of the reason it’s not been as big of a focus as, say, fisheries or protected areas, is that it’s a slippery topic—there’s still a lot we don’t know. The Moore Foundation, a large global funder of marine conservation, is backing a two-year study to get a better grip on the issue, at least in its own backyard—the San Francisco Bay Area."

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Posted on December 7, 2017 - 3:13pm, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"The Environmental Protection Agency will not block its scientists from freely discussing their work in public, Administrator Scott Pruitt promised lawmakers this week, in the wake of a recent incident in which researchers were barred from presenting findings on climate change at a conference."

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Posted on December 7, 2017 - 3:11pm, by nwehner
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Via The Washington Post

"The climate change simulations that best capture current planetary conditions are also the ones that predict the most dire levels of human-driven warming, according to a statistical study released in the journal Nature Wednesday."

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Posted on December 7, 2017 - 10:18am, by raye

Via UN News Centre

"6 December 2017 – The United Nations today designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks."

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Posted on December 7, 2017 - 9:55am, by nwehner
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Via Ars Technica

"Tuesday evening, Columbia University's Earth Institute hosted a panel that was meant to focus on an issue we're likely to be facing with increasing frequency: the need to move entire communities that are no longer viable due to rising seas or altered weather. But the discussion ended up shifting to how people in at-risk locations aren't moving, and the entire governmental structure in the US is focused on keeping them right where they are."

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Posted on December 7, 2017 - 9:30am, by raye
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Via The Washington Post

"Zinke’s final report comes a day after Trump signed proclamations in Utah that downsized two massive national monuments there — Bears Ears by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante by nearly 46 percent. The president had directed Zinke in April to review 27 national monuments established since 1996 under the Antiquities Act, which gives the president broad authority to safeguard federal lands and waters under threat."

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Posted on December 7, 2017 - 9:21am, by raye
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Via SeafoodSource

"The United Nations has said the one country with the greatest potential to make a significant contribution to aquaculture is the United States. Just one-tenth of one percent of U.S. managed waters could produce an amount of seafood equal to the world total wild catch, he said."

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