Ocean reclaims Rio de Janeiro beach town Atafona; waters advance and residents retreat

The sea advances at a shocking average of 5 meters per year, and to date, some eight blocks containing over 500 houses and other structures have been swallowed by the sea.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Over the last few decades Atafona, a small seaside town located in the North of Rio de Janeiro State, has been suffering an extreme version of the concerning global problem coastal erosion.

While rising global sea levels due to climate change are already causing problems and will do so even more over the following century, Atafona’s issues are more local.

The root of the problem goes back to the 1950s when increasing quantities of water were diverted from the Paraíba do Sul river, mostly to provide water to growing urban areas such as Campos . . .

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