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Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science

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Leo Adley Dyson Sr: ‘Things don’t change much here.’ Photograph: Shannon Sims

The small Louisiana town of Cameron could be the first in the US to be fully submerged by rising sea levels – and yet locals, 90% of whom voted for Trump, still aren’t convinced about climate change

August 18, 2017 — In 50 years, the region near where I grew up, Cameron Parish in south-west Louisiana, will likely be no more. Or rather, it will exist, but it may be underwater, according to the newly Continue reading Climate change will likely wreck their livelihoods – but they still don’t buy the science

‘The island is being eaten’: how climate change is threatening the Torres Strait

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Joseph Billy says his community is losing land to climate change every year. Photograph: Brian Cassey/Oxfam Australia

In Boigu, part of Australia but just six kilometres from Papua New Guinea, roads are being washed into the sea

July 12, 2017 — Torres Strait residents face being forced from their homes by climate change, as their islands are lost to rising seas. Continue reading ‘The island is being eaten’: how climate change is threatening the Torres Strait

Togo’s battle with coastal erosion

Togo Lomé Küste Sandstrand (DW/N. Tadégnon)
Togo Lomé Küste Sandstrand (DW/N. Tadégnon)

Togo is seeking outside assistance to stop it losing territory to the sea. Houses and roads are disappearing. Physical defenses can help, but they, too, are open to attack from the elements

April 17, 2017 — Man-made coastal erosion has reached alarming proportions in Togo. It is threatening the future of two major cities, Lome and Aneho, the current and former capitals, as well as dozens of fishing villages. Continue reading Togo’s battle with coastal erosion

Government ‘tried to bury’ its own alarming report on climate change

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In the report, the Government said high-risk issues that needed to be addressed included the damage expected to be caused by flooding Getty

The five-yearly assessment of what will happen to the UK as the world warms says one of an array of potential threats is the ‘significant risk’ to supplies of food

January 23, 2017 — The Government has been accused of trying to bury a major report about the potential dangers of global warming to Britain – including the doubling of the deaths during heatwaves, a “significant risk” to supplies of food and the prospect of infrastructure damage from flooding. Continue reading Government ‘tried to bury’ its own alarming report on climate change

Rio’s famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning

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The increasing frequency of storms is hindering the beaches’ ability to recuperate, leading to erosion along stretches of the shoreline at Copacabana beach and others. Photograph: Javier Etxezarreta/EPA

Local traders lament collapse in business from storm surge amid growing concern that city’s sea defenses are ill-equipped to cope

November 1, 2016 — Scientists in Rio de Janeiro have warned that the city’s sea defenses may not be able to cope with the effects of climate change after a record storm surge swamped beaches, Continue reading Rio’s famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning

A Remote Pacific Nation, Threatened by Rising Seas

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Tabwena Kaokatekai, 42, of Buariki, a village in North Tarawa, with her newly planted mangrove trees. Erosion along the beach here has already toppled dozens of coconut trees into the ocean. JOSH HANER / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Climate change is threatening the livelihoods of the people of tiny Kiribati, and even the island nation’s existence. The government is making plans for the island’s demise.

TARAWA, Kiribati (July 4. 2016) — One clear bright day last winter, a tidal surge swept over an ocean embankment here in the remote, low-lying island country of Kiribati, smashing through the doors and windows of Betio Hospital and spewing sand and debris across its Continue reading A Remote Pacific Nation, Threatened by Rising Seas

Louisiana’s vanishing island, the climate ‘refugees’ resettling for $52m

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Wenceslaus Billiot, father of deputy chief Boyo Billiot. The proud world war two veteran and tribal elder may be forced to leave the home he has known all his life. Photograph: Charlie Varley for the Guardian
Isle de Jean Charles has lost 98% of its land and most of its population to rising sea levels – but as remaining residents consider relocation, what happens next is a test case to address resettlement needs

March 15, 2016 — Wenceslaus Billiot, an 88-year-old native of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, remembers growing up on a much different island than the two-mile sliver of his ancestral home that remains today.

Continue reading Louisiana’s vanishing island, the climate ‘refugees’ resettling for $52m