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Madagascar
The hidden face of the beauty island: In the south, millions are forgotten by mankind. Droughts are increasing, soils become poorer, water is scarce, fishing resources are decreasing rapidly already…
Mexico
Over 40 million Mexicans are living in risky "climate zones". Hurricanes, desertification and floods are not the only problems the inhabitants are facing. On the shores of Tabasco, the ocean…
Kenya
In 2009, Kenya was confronted with the worst dry spell in its history. Livestock died by hundreds of thousands; many others were to die when the rainy season finally came.…
Morocco
93% of its surface is arid or semiarid. The natural resources are dying; desertification and erosion are increasing every day. With an economy founded on tourism and agriculture, the country…
The Mascarene Islands
At the heart of the Indian Ocean, three islands are the sentries against climate change: The Seychelles, Mauritius, and Reunion. The latter has shown its will to be independent of…
Polynesia
In Polynesia, cyclone intensification and water temperature increase start to erupt the ecosystem. Aware of the importance of the environment for the survival of their culture and tourism development, Polynesians…
Tunisia
Tunisia is a hotspot for climate change. Along the 1300 km coast, a lot of tourist facilities are built without respect of the minimal environment rules. This environment issue was…
Philippines
Every year, the Philippines are subjected to violent typhoons and flooding. Farmer's suffer from the season changes and the rice productivity fall. Every effort is made to protect the rice…
Mozambique
In spring 2000, Mozambique has been hit by huge flooding: 800 people died and millions of people become homeless. These natural disasters leave traces: erosion, ocean advancing over land and…
Colorado
Colorado River is the unique supply source of water for 30 million people. Global warming causes draughts and as a consequence, Colorado has lost a third of its flow in…
Caribbean
A landscape close to the image we have of paradise. However, not everything is perfect. The O cyclone struck not long ago. The letter O is the 20th letter of…
India
Following the flow of the Ganges, India is facing many climate related problems. In the Himalayas, the Gangotri glacier is melting. In the Sundarbans, 4 islands have disappeared since 1975.…
Senegal
In Senegal the last hope against desertification and the spread of the Saharan desert is called the green wall. In less than 25 years, the country's global temperature went up…
USA
In Florida, the sea level is the key issue; if it increases, coastal towns might get submerged. In the Everglades, global warming endangers the fragile eco-system. After Katrina, the U.S…
Provence, France
Every year thousands of tourists are on their way towards the Alps or the French Riviera. Yet, these two magnificent areas could be in danger if temperatures keep rising. Mosquitoes…

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Madagascar
Part of the Series: Earth on Edge Series
The hidden face of the beauty island: In the south, millions are forgotten by mankind. Droughts are increasing, soils become poorer, water is scarce, fishing resources are decreasing rapidly already disappearing dangerously.
Mexico
Part of the Series: Earth on Edge Series
Over 40 million Mexicans are living in risky "climate zones". Hurricanes, desertification and floods are not the only problems the inhabitants are facing. On the shores of Tabasco, the ocean is eating up the coast. Over 10 meters every year...