In Post-Tsunami Japan, A Push To Rebuild Coast in Concrete

In the wake of the 2011 tsunami, the Japanese government is forgoing an opportunity to sustainably protect its coastline and is instead building towering concrete seawalls and other defenses that environmentalists say will inflict serious damage on coastal ecosystems. READ MORE

 

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Takao Suzuki, a marine ecologist at Tohoku University, stands in front of a seawall in Miyagi Prefecture that was damaged in the 2011 tsunami. Many scientists and conservationists say that the Japanese government is missing an opportunity to rebuild its coastal defenses in a sustainable way and is instead building many miles of towering concrete seawalls that will inflict serious damage on coastal ecosystems. (Photo by Winifred Bird)

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