Waves Of Change: Nigeria’s Lagos Battles Erosion Caused By Atlantic Ocean

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An aerial picture taken on June 11, 2019 shows the Eko Atlantic project in Lagos, Nigeria. Dozens of homes have been destroyed, families displaced, choice property abandoned and once vibrant local economy devastated as tidal erosion has swept away over

By The EastAfrican

Can Lagos hold back the waves?

Sprawled around a lagoon, Nigeria’s frenetic economic capital faces a threat from the Atlantic on its doorstep.

The ocean has pounded the soft, sandy shoreline on a timescale far surpassing human history — but now its waves spell a major threat to the city and its booming population.

The coastline is eroding, driven partly by higher water levels caused by global warming but also from the impact of dredging to provide sand for construction.

Global warming, according to a World Bank study in March, is causing the Atlantic to invade Africa’s western coast by up to four metres (13 feet) a year, badly hitting some economically vital areas. Read more>>

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