The effort to save South Florida’s largest coral colonies will soon extend beyond the intensive care unit and into the maternity ward. The colonies are being killed by a disease of unknown origin — sometimes called white plague or white blotch — first identified off Virginia Key in 2014.
Oceanside’s City Council asked staffers this week for a study of ways the city can lead its own project to get more sand out of its clogged harbor and onto its eroded beaches. The city is growing increasingly concerned over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ failure to dredge the harbor this year, along with the federal agency’s inability to complete other projects that could beef up Oceanside’s beaches.
Facing mounting criticism for allowing Hollister Ranch landowners to keep 8.5 miles of Santa Barbara coastline largely closed to the beachgoing public, state officials indicated Thursday some regret about the controversial deal they quietly agreed to earlier this year.
The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Thursday to order a Laguna Beach couple to pay $1 million in fines and tear down a sea wall that officials say protects a single mansion from erosion at the expense of the public beach in front.
The Trump Administration appears to be bringing President Trump’s recent tweets about California’s wildfires and environmental laws to life. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has directed fisheries officials to “facilitate” access to water in order to aid in firefighting efforts in California.
San Diego’s ocean waters are warmer than usual. Last week, researchers recorded the warmest sea surface temperature in more than a century. Each day, researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California San Diego collect data by hand from the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier.
After previous owners were told by the California Coastal Commission that they couldn’t rebuild their Laguna Beach house in its existing beachfront footprint, new owners performed an extensive remodel — without a commission permit — that they say increased the home’s value by $11 million. … Commission staff is recommending removal of a retroactively approved seawall …
On Sept. 8, an ungainly, 2,000-foot-long contraption will steam under the Golden Gate Bridge in what’s either a brilliant quest or a fool’s errand. Dubbed the Ocean Cleanup Project, this giant sea sieve consists of pipes that float at the surface of the water with netting below, corralling trash in the center of a U-shaped design.
The backdrop of [President Donald] Trump’s tweets is a charged debate before the State Water Resources Control Board, the agency tasked with allocating California’s water supplies. It is set to vote this month on a plan to increase flows in the San Joaquin River and its tributaries, which would help fish but hurt farmers.
Researchers are using a rover to explore the depths of the ocean off Marin’s coast, looking for corals, sponges and other life forms that have adapted to the lightless environment and crushing pressures at the bottom of the sea.
A Sausalito marine biologist who has been named a National Geographic Explorer is using 3-D modeling, virtual reality and other frontier technologies to inspire people to protect the world’s oceans. Erika Woolsey, a Marin Academy graduate, has also helped found the Hydrous, a nonprofit based in Sausalito, devoted to ocean education.
The sea surface temperature at the Scripps Pier in La Jolla hit 78.6 degrees on Wednesday, the highest reading in the pier’s 102-year history, according to UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The reading broke the previous record of 78.4 degrees, which was set in 1931.
Beginning Monday, the Point Reyes Lighthouse will close until Oct. 6 as crews begin the $5 million renovation project that will include repairs to stabilize the lighthouse, fixing water and rust damage, repaving an access road, and improving accessibility with paths and an observation deck.
Someone had a water balloon fight on Ocean Beach on a recent Saturday, just under the sand dunes across from Lincoln Way. Someone else peeled the wrapper off their new pack of cigarettes and lit up. And at some point in the past few months, someone enjoyed a coffee in a Styrofoam cup, probably on a damp, foggy morning like this one.
Combining ocean stewardship with military veterans, Congressman Jimmy Panetta joined more than two dozen Central Coast veterans for a cruise in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to celebrate “Vet Into Your Sanctuary.”
Plastic straws are designed to be used once, but they remain in the environment nearly forever, contributing to the ocean plastic pollution crisis. In recent weeks, multinational corporations like Starbucks, Bacardi, Marriott, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and other name brands have pledged to eliminate or phase out single-use plastic straws.
As the skeptics are quick to point out, it’s hard to tie any one event to long-term, global climactic change. Fine. It’s also hard to ignore the trends and the evidence in front of one’s face. California for the past few years has suffered through hotter than average weather, drought and more weather extremes, precisely what to expect from climate change.