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FL - Titanic Erosion in Flagler Beach Uncovers an Anchor from Another Century, and Mottle of Secrets

It’s not exactly a silver lining in the nearly colossal loss of sand and dunes north of the Flagler Beach pier in the last few weeks. But it’s something. As the sea sheared off layer after layer of sand, it emerged: an old, gnarly anchor, its invisible metal roiled in barnacles and coquina, but its shape still stately and unmistakable, as if still ready but for chains, in Herman Melville’s phrase, “to cast anchor in the deep.”

Northeast
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NY - In New York, a native tribe fights to save its land from climate change

Southampton (United States) (AFP) – In the Hamptons, New York's playground for the rich and famous, a Native American tribe is battling with the latest threat to what's left of its traditional land: climate change.

Gulf of Mexico
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GOM - Accelerated marsh erosion following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill confirmed, ameliorated by planting

Multiple studies have examined the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coastal marsh shoreline erosion. Most studies have concluded that the spill increased shoreline erosion (linear retreat) in oiled marshes by ~ 100–200% for at least 2–3 years. However, two studies have called much of this prior research into question, due to potential study design flaws and confounding factors, primarily tropical cyclone influences and differential wave exposure between oiled (impact) and unoiled (reference) sites.

International
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World - Local marine stewardship and ocean defenders

Local marine stewardship initiatives and ocean defenders are at the forefront of ocean sustainability efforts, yet often receive insufficient recognition and support. We make five recommendations to bring greater attention and support to local marine stewardship and ocean defenders in research, policy, practice, and funding.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ANTARC - Satellite Imagery Shows Antarctic Ice Shelf Crumbling Faster than Thought

Antarctica's coastal glaciers are shedding icebergs more rapidly than nature can replenish the crumbling ice, doubling previous estimates of losses from the world's largest ice sheet over the past 25 years, a satellite analysis showed on Wednesday.

International
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AUS - What a coral reef misconduct claim says about climate science

On Monday, I wrote here about how the Great Barrier Reef is defying predictions of its own demise, bouncing back from a mass bleaching event last year to show the greatest vegetation cover in 37 years of observations.

International
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AUS - Science retracts coral reef recovery paper more than a year after a report on allegations in its own pages

On 22 August 2014, Science published the Research Article “Chemically mediated behavior of recruiting corals and fishes: A tipping point that may limit reef recovery” by D. Dixson et al. (1). Science has been made aware of data manipulation accusations pertaining to this paper.

Arctic & Antarctica
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ARC - Arctic Commitment Act requires different commitments

Last week, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Angus King (I-Maine) tabled the Arctic Commitment Act, a bipartisan bill to improve U.S. Arctic security.

Coastwide
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World - Social equity is key to sustainable ocean governance

Calls to address social equity in ocean governance are expanding. Yet ‘equity’ is seldom clearly defined. Here we present a framework to support contextually-informed assessment of equity in ocean governance.

Great Lakes
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MI - Ocean Drones Launched in Lake Superior to Support $7B Great Lakes Fishery

Collecting data to improve fish counts, monitor environmental health, and help to protect native fish species.

Gulf of Mexico
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TX - World's rarest sea turtle lays eggs on new Galveston beach

The nesting was reportedly made possible through a beach 'renourishment' project that began in 2015.

Gulf of Mexico
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LA - Experts say a taxpayer-funded $198.5M carbon capture project in Louisiana would be questionable

(The Center Square) — Louisiana officials are touting state incentives for a $198.5 million carbon capture project at an Ascension Parish chemical plant, despite evidence and experts suggesting it's a questionable investment.

International
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World - Endangered sharks, rays caught in protected Mediterranean areas: study

Endangered sharks, rays and skates in the Mediterranean are more frequently caught in protected than in unprotected areas, according to research published Tuesday highlighting the need for better conservation for critically threatened species.

Coastwide
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World - Local stakeholder involvement key to understanding protection level of marine protected areas

Knowledge provided by local stakeholders such as non-governmental organizations, academics, civil servants, journalists, and fishers can be valuable for evaluating the effectiveness of countries' marine protected areas (MPAs).

Gulf of Mexico
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MS - First sea turtle nest found on Mississippi beach since 2018

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. — Beach crews have found the first sea turtle nest on the Mississippi mainland in four years.

International
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AUS - Once the fish factories and ‘kidneys’ of colder seas, Australia’s decimated shellfish reefs are coming back

Sean Connell, Professor, Program Director of Stretton Institute, Program Director of Environment Insitute, University of Adelaide, Dominic McAfee, Postdoctoral researcher, marine ecology, University of Adelaide, Christine Crawford, Senior research fellow in marine biology, University of Tasmania, Ian McLeod, Professorial Research Fellow in Marine Biology, James Cook University, and Chris Gillies, Adjunct Associate Professor in marine ecology, James Cook University

Southeast
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GA - Tybee Island closer to more federal dollars for beach renourishment

If approved by Congress, Tybee Island will be able to ask for federal funds for coastal resiliency projects for the next 12 years.

International
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India - What is Samudrayaan? All about India's first mission to send humans 6,000m deep in ocean

India has launched the massive ocean mission "Samudrayaan" to solve the mysteries buried deep within the oceans. Read further to know more details.

International
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World - Scientists find 39 potential new species in abyss of Pacific Ocean

Segmented worms and ‘gummy squirrel’ among strange creatures documented for first time

West Coast
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CA - Roundup: Toxic dumpsites off coast of U.S. Southern California may be times worse

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The federal investigation into the historic toxic waste dumpsites off the coast of Los Angeles and Catalina, an island southwest of the second largest U.S. city, exposed a far more extensive spread of DDT and other toxic chemicals than anyone had previously estimated.

International
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UK - PCBs: The historic dumping of toxic waste in Wales by Monsanto

Leaving the nearby village of Rhosllanerchrugog on a country lane going north you’d be forgiven for thinking the trees and fences around you were anything but ordinary. However a sign on a green palisade fence reveals the truth: “DANGER. FORMER WASTE TIP. ENTRY PROHIBITED”.

Coastwide
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USA - USACE Engineering With Nature program recognized with international award

VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Engineering With Nature (EWN) program was recently recognized by the U.K. Environment Agency.

Southeast
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GA - Loggerhead recovery continues with state nest record

BRUNSWICK – Loggerhead sea turtle nesting in Georgia hit a new high this week as the big reptiles beat their modern-day best for most nests on the state’s beaches.