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We're Now At A Million Plastic Bottles Per Minute - 91% Of Which Are Not Recycled

Every person reading this has used a plastic bottle, many of whom likely used one in the past day or week. Plastic, in the recent decades, has become a staple of convenience and a modern lifestyle. The surge in plastic bottle use has accompanied a desire for bottled water as Asia has modernized its lifestyle.

Southeast
Advocacy

Sunbather run over on Fernandina beach - 2nd hit-and-run involving a sunbather in less than a month in Nassau County

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - A woman sunbathing on a Fernandina beach was run over Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Ocean Springs will build beach sidewalk after legal battle

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is moving ahead with plans to build a new sidewalk by a beach, after homeowners lost a legal battle to block the project.

West Coast
Advocacy

Coastal Commission Approves Public Access Map—With MRCA Input

The California Coastal Commission and the City of Malibu have finally come to an agreement after seven years of back and forth.

Southeast
Advocacy

Vilano residents object as county looks for savings on Army Corps project

Even though the county stands to make money in a project that also adds needed beach parking, there is still some collateral push-back.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Walton County, Florida works to expand beach accesses

SANTA ROSA BEACH — The Walton County Commission and its Tourist Development Council continue their aggressive push to provide access to public beaches.

Mid-Atlantic
Advocacy

Town of Atlantic Beach enforces 1-hour paid parking spaces for the summer

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) - The town of Atlantic Beach has lowered the number of time visitors can park at designated zones.

Northeast
Advocacy

Goose Rocks Beach appeal before Maine’s highest court

KENNEBUNKPORT -- Nearly a decade after beachfront property owners filed a lawsuit against the town over their property rights at Goose Rocks Beach, the state’s highest court heard an appeal disputing a lower court ruling issued last year granting title rights to the town of Kennebunkport.

Northeast
Advocacy

Maine's High Court To Hear Appeal In 10-Year-Long Fight Over Access To Southern Maine Beach

A ten-year-long fight over access to Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport returns to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court Wednesday.

International
Advocacy

Britain goes a week without coal power for the first time since the Industrial Revolution

Britain has relied on burning coal for power since the Industrial Revolution, which began in the UK in the 18th Century and spread to other parts of the world.

Arctic & Antarctica
Advocacy

'No negotiations:' Inuit group wants Arctic areas saved from development

A Canadian military Griffon helicopter flies along the shoreline of Baffin Island on Tuesday August 26, 2014. An Inuit land claim group is asking the federal government to permanently rope off large sections of the eastern Arctic to any future industrial development.

International
Advocacy

Manmade Structures in Waterways Are Severely Damaging Ecosystems

An estimated two-thirds of the Earth's longest rivers have been corrupted by dams, reservoirs or other manmade structures, seriously harming some of the most important ecosystems on the planet, researchers said Wednesday.

International
Advocacy

Sand mining 'mafias' destroying environment, livelihoods - UN

Extraction in rivers and beaches has increased pollution and flooding, lowered groundwater levels, hurt marine life, and exacerbated the occurrence and severity of landslides and drought, UN says.

Northeast
Advocacy

Director of New York's Peconic Estuary Program outlines updates on program

The Peconic Estuary Program, one of 28 national estuary programs mandated by the 1972 Clean Water Act, will be seeking local input this summer on community areas that residents would like to see restored.

Northeast
Advocacy

New Jersey governor signs public beach access law

BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. — New Jersey’s governor signed a law Friday intended to protect the public’s right to reach the beach in a state where some shore towns have employed a wide variety of tactics to discourage outsiders from sitting on or even walking across their sand.

International
Advocacy

New Zealand - Crowdfunded beach in danger from overuse

It's been dubbed "the people's beach". But it's perhaps people that Awaroa could use fewer of, says an ecologist who has been visiting the stunning Tasman Bay spot each year for three decades.

Southeast
Advocacy

What does the beach renourishment project mean for our sea turtles?

Gasparilla Island, Florida - Last week the United States Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville announced that some Gasparilla Island beaches in Lee County would be renourished this summer, which initially sounds like a great idea. Beaches in the Historic District have lost a great deal of sand in the last few years, leaving a big dropdown from the sea wall.

International
Advocacy

Japan begins last round of 'research' whaling off Pacific coast

AOMORI - Japanese whaling vessels launched on Saturday the last round of what Japan calls scientific research off the Pacific coast ahead of the country's pullout from the International Whaling Commission next month for commercial hunting.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Beach Access Fight: Judge grants delay to Walton

Walton County has been given until May 6 to verify that it has notified all beach property owners of its intention to seek a declaration of customary use.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Beach leaders discuss efforts to clean up the Gulf

MADEIRA BEACH, FLORIDA — Members of the Barrier Islands Governmental Council got a lesson in how fragile Florida’s waters are and how problems can be dealt with.

Arctic & Antarctica
Advocacy

Congress Seizes New Opportunity to Restore Arctic Refuge Protections

Washington, D.C. May 1, 2019 — In response to today’s U.S. House Natural Resources Committee vote passing the bipartisan Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act out of committee (the bill passed 22-14), Alaska Wilderness League, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, Defenders of Wildlife, Environment America, Trustees for Alaska, Earthjustice, National Audubon Society, Center for Biological Diversity and Northern Alaska Environmental Center issue the following joint statement:

Northeast
Advocacy

OPINION: Everyone, even ‘outsiders,’ should be able to enjoy our beautiful beaches, rivers

Spring is here. For millions of folks in the Garden State that’s their cue to fast forward to plans for boating, beaches, fishing and waterfront strolls.

International
Advocacy

Apple Promotes Mangrove Conservation to Sequester 1 Million Metric Tons of CO2

Apple announced this week that it has partnered with Conservation International to protect and restore a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Cispatá Bay, Colombia, which is expected to sequester 1 million metric tons of CO2 over its lifetime.

Southeast
Advocacy

IN FLORIDA, A NEW GOVERNOR SPEAKS THE WORDS, “CLIMATE CHANGE”

A ban in Florida on the words “climate change” appears to be ending. The DeSantis administration is showing new leadership where state government has been absent in the past.

Southeast
Advocacy

Beach access dispute causing headaches, lawsuits along Florida’s 30A

If you’ve been vacationing this week on the Florida Panhandle beaches of Walton County, which includes the popular stretch of Highway 30A, you may have had some difficulty renting an umbrella and chairs, or, worse, been shooed off the sand for setting up your towel too close to someone’s beachfront home.

International
Advocacy

Thailand: Maya Bay to remain closed "indefinitely"

The Maya Bay beach, which has been closed to the public since last year to allow coral restoration and beach recovery, would remain closed to visitors indefinitely, the head of Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park, Woraphot Lomlim, said.

International
Advocacy

Dallas, TX: Earthx Banquets Presents Notable Environmental and Policy Leaders as they Discuss Real Solutions for the Planet

A compelling and varied bevy of recognized environmental and policy leaders will lead the conversation about sustainability at EarthxBanquets, a series of intimate evenings the week of EarthX. Beginning April 25 and running through April 27, banquets each night will help extend the EarthX experience offered at EarthxExpo and the nine conferences affiliated with EarthxConference. Banquets include a reception and dinner with tickets and tables available at www.earthx.org/banquet.

International
Advocacy

The Nature Conservancy launches $40M Blue Bonds scheme for marine protection

International environmental non-profit, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has set a new ambition to unlock up to $1.6bn in the restoration and conservation of marine environments, through a $40m (£30m) "Blue Bonds for Ocean Conservation".

Coastwide
Advocacy

7 Environmental Remediation Trends And Why They’re Important (And, Dredging Makes the List)

Environmental remediation represents a promising solution to many of today’s most pressing concerns. With the perils of human encroachment, remediation services help to offset the damage, preserving natural habitats and restoring balance to sensitive ecosystems. Through these efforts, progress is possible.

International
Advocacy

South Pacific: Big Win For Surfers In Fiji

Chinese developers have mega-resort permit pulled after lengthy court battle

International
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Seychelles: President issues underwater plea to protect oceans

Danny Faure gives speech from submersible 120 metres below surface of Indian Ocean

Great Lakes
Advocacy

Ontario: Rolling out the carpet for accessibility at North Bay's waterfront

'It means a lot of my friends are now going to be able to access our downtown lake, dip their toes in the water and enjoy the lake like everybody else' Linda Thomas-Ouellette

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Florida: Simmering hostilities greet tourists in South Walton

It is telling that the two sides in Walton County’s bitter battle over its beaches don’t even agree about what it was last year that blew apart decades of harmonious relations along one of Florida’s most beautiful coastlines.

Northeast
Advocacy

New Jersey finally reaches a sensible consensus on beach access (for now)

The state Legislature has overwhelmingly approved a bill making clear the public’s right to get to and enjoy beaches and riverfronts.

Coastwide
Advocacy

The Power of Purpose: How Surfrider and Activista Created the United States And Oceans of America

The Surfrider Foundation has been one of the leading nonprofits on the frontlines of lobbying for our oceans and their recent "United States and Oceans of America" campaign generated a huge amount of buzz and awareness.

International
Advocacy

Nordic Countries Call for Ocean Plastic Treaty

Nordic governments have become the first in the world to formally call for a global treaty to tackle ocean plastic.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

Opinion: Better public access needed to Holiday Isle beaches

FLORIDA - It’s time for Destin and Okaloosa County to act on Holiday Isle beach access.

Southeast
Advocacy

RECORD EDITORIAL: Is paid parking a taxpayer double-dip?

As the county grows and the “T-word” (taxes) continues to be a political poison pill to most state and local elected officials, residents are increasingly caught in the intersection of a coming “decision collision.”

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Hawaii News: The fight for beach access

ALIOMANU, HI — The pending sale of a piece of property in Aliomanu is triggering the closure of a streamside path that people have been using to access the beach for years.

West Coast
Advocacy

California Moving Toward Greater Public Beach Access at Hollister Ranch and Beyond

In the latest chapter of a 40-year battle over who gets access to the California coast, the tides could be turning in favor of the public; but not without a fight from private landowners. The state has taken major new steps to establish access and to broaden public input in their decision making.

International
Advocacy

Cool Post of the Day: Aerial photographs of Barcelona reveal the geometric patterns of the coastal city

This gorgeous series by Márton Mogyorósy explores the coastal city of Barcelona from above, exploring the geometric patterns found in the Spanish city’s buildings, shore, and sea.

Northeast
Advocacy

Opinion: With summer on the way, will New Jersey’s new beach-access bill make waves? | Mulshine

Spring is in the air. The days are getting longer, the sun is shining and the crocuses are blooming. You know what that means? Yup. It means more battles over beach access. These battles have been going on at the Jersey Shore for as long as I can remember. The battle lines are quite different than what many people believe.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Portlock Hawaii residents asked to cut back vegetation for public beach access

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Conservation and Coastal Lands division surveyed a stretch of beach fronting homes in the Portlock area earlier this week, and will be notifying about 10 property owners of their need to have vegetation trimmed or cut back.

Northeast
Advocacy

Opinion: Massachusetts Climate change proposals deserve lawmakers’ consideration

There are three proposals before Beacon Hill lawmakers that could help pay for how we cope with the impacts of climate change — all should be considered.

Northeast
Advocacy

Public beach access bill passes N.J. Legislature

MARGATE — Sally Carter’s father still goes to the beach, but at 81 years old, it’s a struggle. Ahead of his visit, he calls the lifeguard station and asks for assistance getting over the dunes and onto the sand, Carter said. “It’s very limiting,” the lifelong Margate resident said while walking her dog on the beach Tuesday morning.

West Coast
Advocacy

COASTAL COMMISSION HAILED FOR LAGUNA BEACH SEAWALL REMOVAL, BUT IN SAN CLEMENTE …

The state Coastal Commission did a better job protecting the ocean and coastline in 2018, according to a new report that identifies votes on Orange County issues as the panel’s best and worst actions of the year.

Coastwide
Advocacy

Warning of Next Big Oil Spill, Advocates Seek Urgent EPA Action on the Toxic Dispersant Corexit

San Francisco, CA-March 25—The University of California-Berkeley Environmental Law Clinic today announced a lawsuit to compel the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue rules on the use of chemical agents such as Corexit (NASDAQ: ECL) to clean up oil spills. Instead of mitigating environmental harm, Corexit dispersants have proven to be more toxic to humans and the environment than the oil alone.

Coastwide
Advocacy

What Do we Know about Climate Change Mitigation in Cities?

The emission reduction goals of the Paris Agreement demand rapid action at all scales and levels of governance – from individual to international – and cities are no exception. Many urban governments recognise this and are embarking on projects to improve public transport services, mandate efficient buildings, or produce energy from local renewable sources.

Northeast
Advocacy

New Jersey trying to write public waterways access into law

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Governments as far back as the Roman Empire have recognized it, but New Jersey is trying to enshrine in law the public's right to access waterways and shorelines.

International
Advocacy

Saving marine life, and those who depend on it

The Gulf of Mannar is along the coastline of southern India bordering Ramanathapuram, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts in Tamil Nadu. It has rich biological and ecological assemblages with very high levels of productivity. The gulf falls within the Indo-Malayan realm which has rich marine biodiversity on earth.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

New Jersey trying to write public beach access into law

Governments as far back as the Roman Empire have recognized it, but New Jersey is still trying to enshrine in law the public's right to have access to waterways and shorelines.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

OPINION Marlette: ‘Quiet title’ a scam for the sand

As the oily, sun-soaked days of summer are soon upon us, it’s worth talking about how Northwest Florida is a place with an identity crisis. We tout our region as a “conservative” community — a place that honors God-given freedoms, personal liberties and homegrown, working-folk values above the machinations of shiny-shoe-wearing people like fancy-pants politicians.

Northeast
Advocacy

New Jersey trying to write public waterways access into law

Governments as far back as the Roman Empire have recognized it, but New Jersey is trying to enshrine in law the public's right to access waterways and shorelines.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Ask The Mayor: Why do Hotels Still Block Public Beach Access?

Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his staff.

Hawaii & Alaska
Advocacy

Hawaii 2040: Many Climate Change Bills Are Still Alive, Including A Carbon Tax

At the session’s halfway point, several new measures have support. But some current initiatives will expire if action isn’t taken.

Coastwide
Advocacy

In the warming 'Green New Deal' debate, a tale of coasts vs. midlands

WASHINGTON • When Democrats rolled out their “Green New Deal” resolutions in Congress, 38 of the 68 initial House sponsors were from three states: California, New York and Massachusetts. Only 18 were from noncoastal states.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

'A grave danger' to beach rights

Mayor, non-profits warn SB 581 strips rights, endangers lakefront access to Lake Michigan.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

Save the Dunes opposes bill which would gut Lake Michigan shoreline access ruling

The Long Beach Community Alliance (LBCA) and Save the Dunes are warning that Indiana Senate Bill 581 poses a grave threat to Indiana public’s rights on the shoreline as well as to the management of upland dunes, affecting more than just Lake Michigan’s coastal communities.