Moving entire communities threatened by rising seas isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds.
Destroyed buildings along an eroded coastline in Bargny, Senegal.
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Coastal erosion in West Africa is a cause for global concern. The global community must rally to address climate change which is causing the retreat.
On Jan. 15, 2022, coastal areas across California were placed under a tsunami warning.
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Tsunamis aren’t just bigger-than-average waves. Triggered by undersea earthquakes or volcanic eruptions like the one in Tonga, they are fast, massive and potentially destructive. Here’s why.
Scientists have been consistently documenting environmental changes at research sites like this one in the Cascade Mountains for decades.
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This kind of research, with consistent data collection at the same locations over time, helps support global understanding of climate change.
In August 2019 in the port of Marseille. The docking of cruise ships intensifies air pollution.
The Mediterranean region, with its biodiversity, climate, demographics, and economic activities such as tourism, agriculture and fisheries, is particularly vulnerable to environmental risks.
A crowded Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sandy beaches are densely populated and occupy more than one third of the global coastline.
Access to the shoreline is great, but what about places not on the coast?
Béju (Happy City, Street Plan, University of Virginia)
Research into public health benefits of integrating nature into cities has focused on green spaces. New studies suggest water features are just as useful and can piggyback on other infrastructure goals.
Aerial imagery revealing the extent of storm damage in Dee Why on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 2016 following wild weather.
The IPCC report says extreme sea level events that used to hit once a century will occur once a year in many places by 2050. This situation is inevitable, even if emissions are dramatically curbed.
Bleached staghorn coral on the Great Barrier Reef. Many species are dependent on corals for food and shelter.
Corals, mangroves and seagrass habitats have been affected by extreme weather events, and some may never recover.
One African city trying to manage rising sea levels is Cape Town.
Without action about 50 African countries and surrounding islands will be affected by rising sea levels.
Parts of the Great Barrier Reef’s outer reefs can form a natural barrier to coastal recession, thus protecting urban centres.
Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef could lead to increased vulnerability of Queensland coastal cities and towns, and not only through its impacts on the tourism industry.
A new real-time measuring buoy can change the way the maritime industry operates.
Enhanced data collection capabilities will ensure that information collected from the coastline will be seamless.
Sea level rise and shoreline retreat are the two key factors predicted to cause an increase in flood risk in the future…