CAYO COCO, Cuba (June 12, 2013)--Cuban scientists predict rising sea levels will damage 122 Cuban towns or even wipe them off the map.
They also say beaches will be submerged, water sources tainted and croplands rendered infertile by seawater that will penetrate as much as 1.2 miles inland in low-lying areas, as oceans rise nearly three feet by 2100.
The frightening calculations spurred systemic action.
Cuba's government changed course on decades of haphazard coastal development, which threatens sand dunes and mangrove swamps that provide the best natural protection against rising seas.
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