Rio's famous beaches take battering as scientists issue climate change warning

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Local traders lament collapse in business from storm surge amid growing concern that city’s sea defences are ill-equipped to cope
Scientists in Rio de Janeiro have warned that the city’s sea defences may not be able to cope with the effects of climate change after a record storm surge swamped beaches, dumping hundreds of tonnes of sand across nearby roads and buildings.
Waves of almost four metres in the weekend storm left beach flags fluttering in tatters, forced the closure of deckchair-rental gazebos, and inundated coconut-and-beer kiosks with grit and sea water. Continue reading…