Benin battles rising seas

More homes are at risk as rising sea levels swallow up West African country's coastline.

    " /> " allowfullscreen="true">

    Rising sea levels due to climate change in the Gulf of Guinea are swallowing up large portions of Benin's coastline.

    The United Nations says the West African country's coast has retreated by 400 metres in the last 40 years as the waters destroyed many homes there. 

    Environmentalists say studies show the sea levels will keep rising by more than 50 centimetres, which would threaten to destroy the entire commercial capital Cotonou.
     
    Jonah Hull reports from Benin, where many are fighting the giant waves.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Death at the dinner table

    Death at the dinner table

    Blake Sifton was born to a family of funeral directors. He explores the prevalence of mental illness in the profession.

    Assessing Trump: Is the president fit for office?

    Assessing Trump: Is the president fit for office?

    Experts discuss President Trump's mental state - and his effect on others.

    Why did Raila Odinga withdraw from the election rerun?

    Why did Raila Odinga withdraw from the election rerun?

    Odinga's withdrawal will not make Uhuru Kenyatta president. But it will give more time to prepare for the new vote.