Web exclusive: Watching a local shoreline slowly disappear

While Palauan politicians try to use the legal mechanisms at their disposal to hold industrialized nations accountable for damage caused to the island nation by global greenhouse gas emissions— each day, ordinary citizens of Palau simply live with the effects of an encroaching ocean.


Palau resident Sisenio Hideo has seen more than twenty feet of beach near his home disappear over the course of his lifetime. Edited by Elisabeth Ponsot.

In this web exclusive we meet Sisenio Hideo, a Palauan electrician who has watched the beach near his home slowly vanish since he was a young boy.

Hideo describes how the invasive surf destroyed once-prolific rows of coconut trees and wonders where his cousins – who live adjacent to the shoreline – will move if the coast continues to disappear.

 

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