MASSIVE EROSION CAUSES FLOODING ON INDONESIAN ISLAND
The island of Java has seen massive flooding as a result of deforestation. A mangrove forest that once surrounded the village Mangunharjo was clear-cut to facilitate shrimp and fish farms. The mangroves’ decline exposed Mangunharjo to massive erosion. In less than a decade, it wiped away the fishponds and almost sank the village. Locals have taken to replanting mangroves to curb the effects of erosion, and have seen improvement. The efforts have reclaimed 200 meters of land. Mangroves are crucial in the fight against climate change. Mangroves retain up to five times more carbon than rainforests. Despite this, mangrove deforestation is proceeding quickly in Indonesia and beyond. For the full story see https://news.mongabay.com/2017/07/photos-where-once-were-mangroves-java….