Cuba's Beaches Threatened By Rising Sea Levels

Scientists projected that rising sea levels would seriously damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map.

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    In this May 24, 2013 photo, a girl walks her dog near the remains of a destroyed school on the shores of Havana, Cuba. Cuban scientists have studied this island nationâs coastline, calculating what would happen under the continued pressure of climate change. What they discovered was so alarming that more than a year later, officials still havenât released them widely to avoid causing panic. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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    In this May 24, 2013 photo, people walk on the beach behind a sign that reads in Spanish "Dune Restoration Project, CITMA" in Havana, Cuba. In recent months, inspectors and demolition crews have begun fanning out across the island with plans to raze thousands of houses, restaurants, hotels and improvised docks in a race to restore much of the coast to something approaching its natural state. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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    In this May 20, 2013 photo, sea gulls walk along the beach where tourists sunbathe in Cayo Coco, in Ciego de Avila, Cuba. Cuba has had a coastal protection law on the books since 2000 that prohibits construction on top of sand and mandates a buffer zone from dunes, but serious enforcement only began in earnest in recent months. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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    In this May 24, 2013 photo, a man walks in the water near the remains of a destroyed school along the shore of Havana, Cuba. Even the very existence of climate change may be a matter of political debate on Capitol Hill, but for low-lying Cuba, calculations have spurred systemic action. Cubas government has changed course on decades of haphazard coastal development, which threatens sand dunes and mangrove swamps that provide the best natural protection against rising seas. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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    In this May 23, 2013 photo, a woman stands in what remains of a destroyed school as she watches a fisherman on the shores of Havana, Cuba. With its coastal towns and cities, the Caribbean is one of the most vulnerable regions to a changing climate. Hundreds of villages are threatened by rising seas, and more frequent and stronger hurricanes have devastated agriculture in Haiti and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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    In this May 21, 2013 photo, flamingos walk in a lake in Cayo Coco, in Ciego de Avila, Cuba. Scientists project that rising sea levels would seriously damage or wipe dozens of Cuban towns off the map. Beaches would be submerged, they found, while freshwater sources would be tainted and croplands rendered infertile. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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