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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This image from a Miyagi Prefecture Web site shows a proposed seawall that will be built in a small bay in northern Sendai. The percentage of fully or partly artificial coastline has now surpassed 56 percent on Honshu, Japan's main island. Extensive rebuilding of seawalls and other coastal defenses in the wake of the 2011 tsunami is expected to further ring Japan's coastline in concrete. (Miyagi Prefecture)

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