The battle against the sea - Coastal erosion in Portugal | DW Documentary

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    Coastal erosion is becoming an increasing problem for Portugal’s Atlantic coast. Each winter brings heavier storms, and the rising sea level is endangering homes and beach promenades. How are local residents and authorities coping with the situation?

    The pressure on Portugal’s west coast is mounting by the year. In the north in particular, many Portuguese are fighting a desperate battle against the advancing sea, which is threatening beaches and coastal resorts. Every year, environmental authorities have to concede coastal homes to the ocean and resettle their inhabitants. The report shows how people in Portugal are battling rising sea levels and coastal erosion. Locals such as fisherman Vítor Cacheira, who can no longer make a living from coastal fishing. He now works as a town councilor in Esmoriz, promoting a resettlement program which provides affected families with secure housing.

    At the beach in Furadouro, surfing instructor and nature guide João Paulo sees his livelihood at stake. Restaurant owner Abel Vieira from the fishing village of Apúlia fears that his centuries-old village could soon be swept away by the sea. In recent years, many houses directly on the beach have literally fallen into the sea. Abel Vieira’s restaurant, one of many directly behind the dunes, is in danger, and many jobs with it.

    The central government says that it is aware of the issue. They are trying to solve the problem by pouring in millions of cubic meters of sand or erecting protective barriers. But it is a Sisyphean task. The EU has declared the fight against coastal erosion a priority and is offering financial support to the Portuguese authorities.


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Gustavo Nagel
Gustavo Nagel

Strange that no one mentioned that dams are the true cause of coastal erosion in Portugal. Dams prevent the sediments eroded upstream to reach the beaches. With less sediments to replenish the beaches, they keep losing territory. Climate change, human settlements, and so on, they might have an impact, but not as important as dams (the same happens in other regions of the globe.

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Atimati Mukti Ma
Atimati Mukti Ma

@Ash Apuhin good point!

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Ash Apuhin
Ash Apuhin

@Atimati Mukti Ma well he is slavic it is in his DNA to destroy what he cant have..

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MrZoukdotcom Zouk LAmbada Bootycamps
MrZoukdotcom Zouk LAmbada Bootycamps

These problems are not new... This has always happened....

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Kabral
Kabral

Excellent documentary. There's no doubt that the sea is rising and we will all face this problem in a near future, but it leaves out two important details: One, the fact that the coastal erosion in the northern part of the coutry (mostly in the Viana/Esposende areas) were exponentially increased by the construction of pontoons in the 80s and 90s without any concern or insight on its consequences. The tides come mostly from the northwest diagonally and as soon as a pontoon is built, theres a swirl efect on the south area of the pontoon that digs into the cost. There is an excellent example on the Praia da Amorosa, Praia do Castelo and Foz do Neiva of this effect, due to the fact that Viana build the first pontoons and Esposende didn't. Second, and while there is a lot of concern from the authorities on the demolitons of the restaurants in Apulia and in other areas, at the same time and just a few quilometers away, some VIPs are still alowed to build brand new houses on top of the dunes and some even closer to the sea - in the same municipality. But overall an excellent documentary and it does shine a light on a very important issue. Thank you for that.

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Schiffelers
Schiffelers

Thank you for adding this information .... also a question could be did they forget to include, or where they not allowed to include? Money, money, money.... greed and corruption are human conditions, the lack of care for the poor are human conditions. Human history shows this over and over.

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Klaus Morgenholz
Klaus Morgenholz

As a Galician, I feel for my southern neighbours. Força!

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leito2 holl
leito2 holl

Thank you so much, in Spain it happened as well and in every coast country.

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Avante Lvsitania
Avante Lvsitania

Obrigado, irmão. Sempre juntos!

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Klaus Morgenholz
Klaus Morgenholz

@Maria Diaz Where I live, the coastline is rockier and higher. Less prone to erosion... Not saying it's not a problem but it's not as bad as down there...

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Maria Diaz
Maria Diaz

Thank you for the sympathy, but unless you live in the interior I don't see how the situation in Galicia is better than in Portugal.

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Atimati Mukti Ma
Atimati Mukti Ma

The rising of the ocean knows no country. Galiza é o proximo

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somekindofaperson
somekindofaperson

in portugal it's like we all know, it's in our subconscious, everyone already had casual talkings on how the beach was bigger when we were young...i mean in costa da caparica, right across lisbon it's a huge problem, so it's not like all governments were unaware...i guess we just simply already accepted that will happen. i really hope something is done.

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0xsynergy
0xsynergy

@M the government should have spent only a few million on electric cars in the 80s. that would have slowed down a ton of these issues you're dealing with now.. and it would have cost a lot less than the current cleanup efforts require.

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Maria Diaz
Maria Diaz

@Alex G Why? To get flooded by the Mondego?

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D
D

You cant hold the sea back forever. Adapt

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David Santos
David Santos

Not real.

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Luca Gerio
Luca Gerio

same thing was happening in Australia while I was there all throughout 2020. basically lost an entire beach within months

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Stefan Gabor
Stefan Gabor

Unfortunately, people on the coastline are affected all over the world and not only in Europe. They should bring their fight at the planetary level where they can get more support from other nations caught in the same situation. This is a global problem; no government can fix it.

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HAND FUN!
HAND FUN!

Too late to avert catastrophes. Prepare to adapt to a hothouse Earth.

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Joao A.
Joao A.

I'm from Portugal and although we are all aware of this problem, the consequences are rarely discussed in our national tvs.

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Cornet TV
Cornet TV

Go to see what we do to fight against this problem. We have local solution

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Teachmehowtodoge
Teachmehowtodoge

Football is more important than climate change in Portugal. 😆

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Life in Glow Wellness
Life in Glow Wellness

Thank you for the documentary! Kind of sad and disturbing how much we've affected the ocean.

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Mary D Domingos
Mary D Domingos

Second comment and I’m From Portugal, and I was aware of this problem , once again DW showing things that even the national media doesn’t show

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Weather and climate change effects PT
Weather and climate change effects PT

it shows, but it doesn't shows often enough in my opinion, sometimes national media remmembers that erosion exists in some areas, but doesn't show the complete picture, scenarios and what we really should do, its more constructive documentarys and news reports that we need to make people more aware and make them want politicians to fight more.

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Diogo Rodrigues
Diogo Rodrigues

National media doesn't show? Shows and a lot.

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Rendeiro do Sul
Rendeiro do Sul

Nao diga mentiras claramente nao ve tv Portuguesa .

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kray_xeez
kray_xeez

I was in Ericeira and it was crazy to see the force of the ocean there. Absolutely monumental

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fernando moreira
fernando moreira

@ian bardon wise words.

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ian bardon
ian bardon

Nature changes all the time, nothing stays the same or we would be still in the ice age, make the best of it if you can make a living from nature.

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Aquarius1011
Aquarius1011

The coast of England also has quite a bit of coastal erosion. I've got a map of England from the 1930's showing how much land England has lost to the sea. It is quite a bit.

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Claudette Delphis
Claudette Delphis

Superb documentary 🧤💕 Thank you for educating us 👋🐡🐠🥀

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Duarte de Zoeten
Duarte de Zoeten

I grew up on the Portuguese coastline. I thought the issue was always building too close to the sea 🤔 and also building too many peers and walls that block sand movements. We really need to get rid of the walls I think.

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Paul2015 Paul2015
Paul2015 Paul2015

The wall should prevent erosion of land that is behind the wall but makes the erosion of sand infront of the walls faster. But if you take away the walls the choice is to move the houses further inlands because the land will be washed away by the sea. With no walls the beach will move further inland. That is what I think. Piers prevent currents that transport sand sideways, so some beaches will gain of the piers and some will lose incomming sand.

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Fitzroy Symister
Fitzroy Symister

People are the case of their own destruction.

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Fitzroy Symister
Fitzroy Symister

Indeed

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Storm Tarrion
Storm Tarrion

Plants are the secret to holding all those sand dunes together, however dune grass is very sensitive to humans trampling it so the dunes must be fenced off!

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jonnoMoto
jonnoMoto

Happens on the east coast of England. Various things tried and in the end, nature wins.

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Gol4
Gol4

My grandmother had a caravan @ Hornsea I'm guessing 15 metres has been took in 20 years that I know of You can see the lookouts on the beach from WW2 That was once in land

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Maria Diaz
Maria Diaz

Seems to be a bit overdramatised. I've always lived on the coast and yes, I see the beaches reducing their size and the sea coming to the streets in case of big storms, but the same happens everywhere. If you go to these places you'll see people buying apartments and houses as close to the front as can be at absurd prices. So, I don't see anybody worrying.

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ian bardon
ian bardon

DW over does over do things.

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Lechiffresix six
Lechiffresix six

Auntie maria. it doesn't hit home yet that is why you are unconcerned. but you can see locals losing their minds here while you are being served with o Telenovas to distract you from it all.

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Rui Terra
Rui Terra

I'm 32 years old and I'm from a small town near Furadouro. When I was a teenager the sea front shown on minute 22 used to have beach; and all of that disappeared in less than 15 years. Used to be my favorite place in that beach because it was protected from the wind and the waves were attenuated massively (because there are more rocks into the ocean, we call them paredão). In this last 15 years things have changed massively: One of my favorite restaurants for fresh fish (called Maganinho) started to be flooded during winter. Common for the main avenida to be flooded. Most of the beach front was lost. Government had to create more and more paredões (plural of paradão). Used to be paradão into the sea but now even parallel to the cost (Paradão Sul). Etc Furadouro used to be so lively during summer... Also Torreira, São Jacinto and also a part of Furadouro has see on one side and river on the other. So the people are a bit stuck between bodies of water.

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spring gal🌻
spring gal🌻

Beautiful country!👍🌸

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Schiffelers
Schiffelers

I'm sorry for your losses of your paradise. You are not alone, and we all contributed. the 80's & 90's and the rise of the trend of: Global warming aka Climate change. What did we do? More planes, cars, and pollutions happened since then onward - to feed the beast; Economy. Tourism & Portugal - you need it. And now the paradise has been lost - story of our lives. Exploitations of humanity from nature and all living things.

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Rui MCS
Rui MCS

I live in Nazaré, and on this famous beach, the phenomenon of erosion is not happening, on the contrary, the beach's sand has increased.

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0xsynergy
0xsynergy

lol you guys are taking all the sand, eh

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Figsy_Games
Figsy_Games

Biggest wave in the world! Nazare looks like an amazing place

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Mbern45
Mbern45

One thing to remember is that the country is also gaining land, so this is partly natural. The city of Obidos was a costal city 400 years ago, now it sits 10 kilometres from the ocean. Many other cities and towns also used to be closer to the water and are now landlocked. When my parents were younger there was a city that would be surrounded by water when the tide moved in, now the ocean never moves in that far.

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Edgar
Edgar

True. Same with Figueira da Foz. Praia da Claridade feels like the Sahara desert. Abraço

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Frederico Jordão
Frederico Jordão

Not just the sea on the coastal areas, even Tagus River that comes from Spain towards Lisbon to the ocean, is eating away some zones of land, and in some places, it has almost no freshwater, so the salt water is taking over and coming from the Ocean taking over places that are beautiful in the zone of "Ribatejo", it is Brackish water that destroys plantations, fish and many more.

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Nuno Morgado
Nuno Morgado

Most of the erosion is caused by greed and corruption wich allows the construction on dunes and sand dragging on tiver mouths like Tagus rivermouth where the natural movement of the sand was stopped by the dragging to allow Cruise ships and other to travel freely trough the canal. Nature is doing is natural job to remove the sand from the beach and sending it back to the rivermouth. Almada municipality has spent hundreds of euros to Pump sand every 2 years and Will continue to do so with tax pay money and the problem continues. So this is not just a nature issue altough it helps the sea rise due to climate change and all that but on Portugal some people are responsible for this matter and they know it but probably someone big is the owner of the sand pump company and is profiting from this natural disaster.

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0xsynergy
0xsynergy

sand will only flow down. if they remove sand at the bottom... it will fall in from the sides.

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ian bardon
ian bardon

More money, short term fix, it won't stop.

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Baubina Phoenix
Baubina Phoenix

‼👆

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JonesJr876
JonesJr876

Great documentary. My only request as someone in Jamaica, and never been to Portugal - a map of the country showing each town you interviewed at before the start of each interviewed.

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Fernando Ferreira Santos
Fernando Ferreira Santos

Apulia, Furadouro, Esmoriz, Costa da Caparica

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Nick Borcic
Nick Borcic

Good point

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somekindofaperson
somekindofaperson

@JonesJr876 two names they went were apúlia and furadouro, two beaches on the north.

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MV
MV

​@JonesJr876 You are right, they interviewed people from coastal towns in the north, south and west coast of Portugal.

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JonesJr876
JonesJr876

@Rita Gameiro Oh, I had the impression it was three different downs, up and down the country.

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R P
R P

Opportune content as always DW!

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Ruth C R
Ruth C R

Thanks DW for such great report.

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naga portugal
naga portugal

20 years ago my favorite beach in portugal was easily double the size that today... each year you can see how much desapears its so sad

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Mark Cooper
Mark Cooper

The problem is not with the tides it is with the ENERGY IN THE WAVES. If a reef of seaweed was artificially planted offshore then it would remove some of the energy in the waves, which would reduce winter flooding and also aid fishing. Hard, non-yielding structures will not stand up to the power of the waves and rising sea levels. It should also be possible to remove some wave energy with electricity-producing ducks. If all aspects of this scheme were added it would show cost effectiveness, however without re-freezing the polar ice caps, sea-level rise will continue.

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Atimati Mukti Ma
Atimati Mukti Ma

The best solution so far. But pollution is killing seaweed

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Do Like You Would Be Done By
Do Like You Would Be Done By

Mother nature never promised us for ever... We came, conquered and expected forever.

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Do Like You Would Be Done By
Do Like You Would Be Done By

@Faith Naidoo it depends on what kind of humans we are talking about... I am native.. Respect mother nature is 0ne of our commandments. This earth is always used for her resources even back in ancient times. But thats history for anybody who pleases and is willing to know. And every civilization ended up in extinction. Thats what I meant with my qoute.

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Faith Naidoo
Faith Naidoo

We never conquered!!We damaged planet Earth!!.Now humans are facing the calamity of ignorance and greed!!

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Annette Hunter
Annette Hunter

Beautifully said. from Ireland 🇮🇪

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D. Malcolm Carson
D. Malcolm Carson

In general, this has very little to do with climate change and far more to do with trying to fight the natural processes that occur in the coastal zone all over the planet. The shoreline moves with the tides, waves, swells, seasons and over the course of time, building up in places, and eroding in others. Obviously, in retrospect, nothing should be built on top of sand dunes or sandstone bluffs, they are inherently unstable and shift over the course of time. But we can't change the past, so sometimes creative solutions such as building an offshore reef could be warranted to save what has developed along a particular section of the shore over time.

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Paul2015 Paul2015
Paul2015 Paul2015

If the sea rises because climate change the process you described will go much faster. And the most of the beaches will move inlands.

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ian bardon
ian bardon

Well said, mankind thinks he can change everything. Nature is the boss. The more we do the worse things will be, adapt to the change.

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MARC
MARC

Que Nossa Senhora de Fátima proteja Portugal ! May Our Lady of Fatima protect Portugal !

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Suzette Lombard
Suzette Lombard

In South Africa we have had the same problem in the Cape. The problem has been solved or at the very least greatly diminished by something we call "dolosse" or tetrapods. These are concrete structures that are put down where the water breaks and prevents the land from washing away.

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ian bardon
ian bardon

Fix one thing and you make another problem. 20 years ago the whole beach dropped 4 meters at Salt Rock Ballito , one nature may bring it back. We are not in control and never will be.

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garthl
garthl

That last fisherman with the idea for his project is absolutely correct!! We know that they are a South African invention/design born of necessity and that they have worked well for decades now. They are inexpensive to make and simple to drop on site. They are also very easy to copy!

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kray_xeez
kray_xeez

I think they know very well about them, but it's hard to tell if they want to use them on the whole coast.

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Weather and climate change effects PT
Weather and climate change effects PT

Thank you for this good documentary! Portugal's worst problem will indeed be the rising sea levels, wich rises the intensity of coastal erosion! Not droughts, not floods, but the receding coastline will be the most expensive and disruptive effect of global warming here! As a weather and climate change channel created recently, we monitor periodically places like Costa de Caparica, who also has a big problem with erosion, and suffered a lot in the past decade! More places will be monitored monthly in the future. However, it's not only rising sea levels due to climate change who causes the extreme erosion! Dams prevent the arrival of sediments who otherwise would get to the beaches and would delay the effects of erosion, we obviously will not demolish the dams. Artificial beach nourishment delayed also erosion in Costa de Caparica, and it's a good measure, however it's not long term, or even medium term, and without other measures, would not protect our most damaged places from 10/20 years from now. We need more! Replacement of entire villages and cities in our coast it's almost impossible and only should be done in the most extreme and dangerous cases, but we can defend them better, we should fight more, there must be political will to spend more money in it, and really protect our coasts, people, their houses, and our patrimony, if we don't start doing better now, we will lose! That is one of the reasons we exist, there is still a lot of people who doesn't care about this or deny it, we want to show them that this is SERIOUS, and help create awareness, to make politicians even more willingly to act with REAL and complete plans to the medium and if possibily long term, we really hope Portugal do more about this.

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Metalextra
Metalextra

DW have an excellent team with a keen eye on otherwise almost ignored problem....

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David Santos
David Santos

Is not real.

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David S
David S

what a treasure of a human being! so special to see and insightful.

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mitchell bliss
mitchell bliss

I do believe this is 1 fight, we as a humane race severely underestimate and can never win.. There is no human intervention for what the ocean & mother nature has in store for the future...

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Libeauty7
Libeauty7

I love the sea but I wouldn’t dare live close to the sea. That’s the consequences of building houses near the sea. What do they expect ?! You can’t control the sea unfortunately 😔🇵🇹🇬🇧😘

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ian bardon
ian bardon

I love the sea, I swim & kite surf but live 10k inland, best of both worlds. 😆

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Upula Herath
Upula Herath

Golden rule is never fight the nature try to find a way to live in harmony with it!

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AdventureSam
AdventureSam

It’s a battle you can’t win

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Antonio Cruz
Antonio Cruz

During my 59 years of life in Portugal I have NOT seen the sand or the coast recede permanently, in any part of the coast, except where stone piers were installed. These piers stop the sand from circulating freely along the coast depleting the space between the piers of sand. If humans stop interfering with the coast, the sand will come and go as it has always been. I have seen the sand disappear up to 4 meters below the normal level, only to come back after the next storm.

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Edward Makabling
Edward Makabling

We cannot fight sea. That is why human learned to ride with it.

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0xsynergy
0xsynergy

@Motta the dutch sea is 95m deep, mean depth. the atlantic is 4kms deep, mean depth. Probably won't be as easy if you gotta fill in 4kms of missing land...

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Motta
Motta

The Dutch disagree haha

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Ant Soprano
Ant Soprano

I'm Portuguese. When the video started and you showed houses falling from the cliff because of erosion, you forgot to mention, THEY WERE BUILT ILLEGALLY!!! That's why they are falling, they not supposed to be there. And the fishing situation was created by the European Union and their stupid rules!!!!

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Spiritual warfare
Spiritual warfare

I was thinking the same how stupid to build house in sand dune near sea

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ian bardon
ian bardon

@0xsynergy farm the land ok , live elsewhere, a little foresight needed.

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0xsynergy
0xsynergy

@ian bardon not a house but a farm for sure.

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ian bardon
ian bardon

@0xsynergy yes they do, but don't think it yours for ever and build a house, foolish don't you think buddy.

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0xsynergy
0xsynergy

@ian bardon hard to grow crops out of rock and sand buddy. you want to eat, right? floodplains have very fertile soil..

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Luis Fonseca
Luis Fonseca

They have created their doom, constructing on the dunes e impeding the sand from the inland to replenish the shore. Nature always wins.

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spare
spare

Is it me or is it not what we learned in high school geography?, If you build walls in our by the sea, it blocks the movement of sand which causes the replenishment of beaches to be blocked. The more man meddles with nature, the more our environment is disrupted. We need to remove walls and barriers from the sea and in time it will restore itself.

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Daniel Pinto
Daniel Pinto

We have an old saying " Portugal é Lisboa ,o resto é paisagem" Portugal is Lisbon ( the capital ) , the rest is landscape.....🙂

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Chief Nosay
Chief Nosay

Apart from fire, water is the most destructive natural force on earth. I wish them the best of luck in their fight againt mother nature.

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Henry Vegter
Henry Vegter

I would consult the Dutch- they’ve been successfully fighting back the sea for centuries.

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João Rodrigues
João Rodrigues

@Nicky actually i know. Ive worked in the Netherlands between 2001/2003. Beatiful country. To flat for me, But Beatiful.

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Nicky
Nicky

I agree that there are differences in the coastlines between the Netherlands and Portugal however you would be wrong to assume we don't have coastal erosion. As someone who comes from a village with the countries best beach, every winter our beaches are artificial repaired. We also have massive dune restructuring efforts. This happens all the way along the coastline. We see the management of this like any infrastructure project. There's always a solution, it just requires political will and water management experts. Edit: we also have a number of islands in the Netherlands (you might not know this). You should see the size of these beaches. All artificially modified to fight coastal erosion.

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João Rodrigues
João Rodrigues

@Brave Concepts if it was the case, Portugal already had seek some kind of "help" from the dutch. But like i said, its a completly different situation.

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Brave Concepts
Brave Concepts

@João Rodrigues Still... knowledge sharing is never a waste of time. They may have some info to be adapted for your unique problems.

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João Rodrigues
João Rodrigues

They fight the sea with huge concrete. dams and dikes. They are under sea level, its totally different from Portugal. We have 900 kms off coastline, mainly beaches. The dutch they have a tiny coastline, without beaches. The ducht experience, Has nothing to do with the Portuguese reality.

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theo wright
theo wright

Thwaites glacier is going to be the next gear up in sea level rise , great to see a bit of the world greater to have some context on were the extra water and how much is comeing soon

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JONAH OMARI
JONAH OMARI

Mother nature just doing what it does

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leito2 holl
leito2 holl

O que passa em Opulia ( o como se chame) o sr. Vestido de vermelho tem razão com o seu projecto. Isto se chama rompe ondas ( braking waves ) sim é efectivo mas tem que ter varios , Com um não é suficiente. Ao ser océano Atlántico devem edificar cada um com uma distancia de 50m. Como mínimo entre eles y Contando desde a Praia devem de ter uma distancia de 60m de largo ou máis mar adentro. ( Antes se debe de fazer um estudo y ver o ponto máis forte donde rompe as ondas, para ser máis exacto.) As ondas rompem dentro do mar y quando chegam a areia Já vêm máis tranquilas. É bom para os pescadores que saêm y chegam sem dificuldades, é bom para os banhistas que não há tanto perigo, é bom para as dunas que se mantêm por máis tempo. Mas há que ter presente a observação e o mantenimiento do projecto. Nos temporais em inverno podem ficar danificados. Deveriam de ser construidos com muitas rocas de grande tamanho fazendo um paredão mínimo de uns 8 metros de largura 60m de comprimento e 2 m de alto y hormigão não poroso por encima deixando esa parte lisa para se poder caminhar desde a Praia até ao final. As rocas ficam unidas entre elas e máis difícil que a oleagem as mova. Esas zonas podem ser usadas nos períodos de oleaje baixa como plataformas para os aficionados á pesca com anzol. Ou outras actividades como a recolha de mexilhoês , lapas , etc que com o tempo procuram as rocas como base de apoio. Uma sugestão; Ao fazer o paredão, ( rompe olas ) A superficie plana que seja máis baixa Do que as rocas a sua volta. Dará a ideia de um barco . Se alguém é surpreendido por alguna onda não caerá ao mar ficará dentro da zona protegido pelas rocas e terá oportunidad e tempo de pôr-se salvo.

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Maciej Krycki
Maciej Krycki

Ever notice how every "solution" humanity creates has great negative side effects in the short or long run?

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Victor
Victor

i mean isn't that what the oceans have been doing for millions of years or have we just discovered coastal erosion was a thing?

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D. Velez
D. Velez

It’s the speed at which it’s happening. A little research would do you a lot of good

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No Name
No Name

We must stop nature

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Jeff White
Jeff White

Replacing the sand can't possibly overcome actually rising sea level.

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0xsynergy
0xsynergy

sea levels, dams blocking sediment from reaching shores, etc.

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Mark Schoene
Mark Schoene

Its hard not to believe the next Generation has a better life! We staying on the Frontline to see the Nature colapse and the Poltician ignore this!

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Patricia Butts
Patricia Butts

We here in California have the same problem — and note how similar our coastlines are‼️

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bryan hurd
bryan hurd

Strange!! I have used the beaches where I lived for close on eighty years and nothing has changed at all 🤔

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Bolsa
Bolsa

The people that were building on the beaches were not rich... They were mostly fishermen.. now... The fishermen sold then to rich people for profit, yes

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fightback
fightback

Which beaches are you refering? If you talk about Portugal some places do have a problem due to illegal construction in dunes. Usually people with money and connected to the local governments. Some places in the South , region of Faro decided to put a stop to these constructions which was a bold move due to conflicts with the population. But in the long term that is the best option because the dunes need the space to move .

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Jeff Alejandro
Jeff Alejandro

After replenishing the sand on a target size and area, you could build a natural defense on some part of the beach. If a mangrove would survive, it will help to hold the sand intact.... and when it grows and vast, it can also block waves..

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T Silver
T Silver

Mother nature is the boss Move the road and the buildings Plant some trees in the surrounding areas Omg reclaim the beach A beautiful private public beach What do you want? Old buildings and a misplaced road Or paradise?

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oldnewsclipster
oldnewsclipster

It's interesting to see adults discussing ways to stop the erosion. Any child who has built a sandcastle on the beach knows it's impossible. So sad.

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oldnewsclipster
oldnewsclipster

@All Might Yes, the Netherlands is an example the rest of the world should look to for ideas about the correct approach to the problem.

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All Might
All Might

I'll remind you that the Netherlands has been holding back the ocean with great success for many decades now, even raising entire provinces from the seabed, but you can not do it by shoveling some sand onto a beach, it requires many billions of dollars of investment into professional hydraulic engineering projects, as well as the creation of forts, PROPER dykes, sluices, pumping stations, you name it.

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Alolan Tuga
Alolan Tuga

Something as to be done. The politics promised fixed roads. Now change and fix the coast. 😉

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Travel online
Travel online

great video ! new sub !

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Team D
Team D

The surf instructor is right. Humans can’t really stop the sea’s advance (without massive spending on projects that will still eventually fail anyway). Truly sad. I’m a former surfer and I love the beach, but the Earth reforms itself no matter what we do.

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huzza hu
huzza hu

What I understood from this documentary. Stages of grief.

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L. Mays
L. Mays

Thank you for sharing.

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LifeMusicMelody
LifeMusicMelody

The guy at the end, hope the region tries is idea to save the community before it's too late 🥺

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Crusty Cobs
Crusty Cobs

Almost every engineering effort based on sound science ultimately fails miserably when mankind is defeated a by freak storm, or even a wave. Many areas are wiped out overnight, the beach moves.

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Heidi Maras
Heidi Maras

Sand spread due to undervegetation of the region 🙁🙁🙁closely planted trees with a strong root system prevents erosion of land☺️☺️☺️

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Maggie Adams
Maggie Adams

I watched a film on You Tube called "Sand", which is about the worldwide shortage of sand, and how it's being taken from the sea bed and beaches around the world.for construction sites. In it they stated that sandy beaches need a lot of land left in front of them or they erode, and because people have built so close to the coastline, sandy beaches are disappearing the world over.

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2kool4myskool
2kool4myskool

There are also parts in Portugal where the reverse is happening, the beaches are expanding, go figure.

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R Scott
R Scott

Is Spain & France using the same measures to deal with the problem ? What about filling used tires with a concrete and chained together in some form ?

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jim m
jim m

For every place negatively affected by coastal erosion, new places benefit from deposition.

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KarenGaye Hammat
KarenGaye Hammat

With the comic powers of the universe in control I didn't think it was preventable

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George JerubBaal
George JerubBaal

Rocks unfortunately...are where sand comes from...perhaps we'll need desert sand in the future too for I don't see sea level rise reversing anytime soon...on top of more coastal reforestations and aquaculture that's badly needed to stem this tide of coastal erosion, literally. It's not just Portugal and it's not just Europe.

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vasco correia
vasco correia

From Portugal to the World.....I confirm the restaurant Cabana (at Apulia) is a TOP Restaurant!!!! The only situation that is very difficult to get a table because there are always a lot of people waiting!!! Abraços

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Maiming Yinxing
Maiming Yinxing

Maybe stop building so close to the ocean? particularly residential and commercial buildings.

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Connie Leblanc
Connie Leblanc

The Earth is a living thing it changes moves and rearranges itself and has for thousands of years man cannot change that

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No Name
No Name

Crazy, what has the world come to?

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D Wnright
D Wnright

global problem. reduce your carbon footprint as much as you can.

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shockwave1986
shockwave1986

04:00 look at all those little baby fish and net hole size! No wonder the seas are losing their fish stock.

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Anthony Doyle
Anthony Doyle

Those "little baby fish" are sardines, pmsl. They are a good size for eating.

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Chatsta
Chatsta

A direct result of sand mining for construction and the building of artificial islands by others. It's gotta be taken from somewhere..

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MrZoukdotcom Zouk LAmbada Bootycamps
MrZoukdotcom Zouk LAmbada Bootycamps

They need to plant vegetation if they want to keep dunes.

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Casey Shorb
Casey Shorb

You aren't suppose to build your foundation on sand!

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Enrico Santucci
Enrico Santucci

It's possible to stop the erosion off the ocean , but they nee to installing rock barriers at an opportune angle nearly paralle from coastline and not 90 dr from costline. Reference can be seen in Italy in the city of Pescara in Abruzzo, where 40 year ago the sea was spraying water on the road , now after the installation of rocks barriers, there is more than 150 of send. Pescara it's just 1.5 m above the sea level ! What i see it's just a result of incompetence and neglec so sead to see !

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New Moon
New Moon

Can't fight it; build wave/solar powered desalination plants on the coast to bring more life inland.

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Jannah Firdaus Mediapro
Jannah Firdaus Mediapro

plant trees and grass to prevent the erosion/abration.................this is the way

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Bolsa
Bolsa

Yeah, trees in sand floor getting hammered by the atlantic ocean lol

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Jorge Mach___
Jorge Mach___

I remember a time when the dunes had grasses and some bushes that had these delicious white berries that would turn pink if you try to save them for later. I digress. ..it's people walking on the dunes that kill off these grasses .I think those berries are extinct now...dose anyone know what they are called

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pamela hovey
pamela hovey

@Jorge Mach—— gooseberries maybe?

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JV
JV

They are/were called Camarinhas

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Andre Silva
Andre Silva

NÃO EXISTE MANEIRA DE RESOLVER PORQUE O ESTRAGO ESTÁ FEITO !!!!! 😔

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David Santos
David Santos

É falso já fui muito pior a 50 anos atrás mas agora é moda

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Main's Main
Main's Main

We once controlled the sea, now the sea shall control us

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Maynard Salviejo
Maynard Salviejo

When did men control the sea?

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johnnyboyvan
johnnyboyvan

You can't stop Mother Nature.

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Piepkwiep
Piepkwiep

No but you can use it. Try this one: "The Sand Motor Five years of Building with Nature".

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Captain Win
Captain Win

Move further inland. Global sea levels will continue to rise, how much no one is yet sure, but what is certain is man made defenses wont hold it back for long. Lower lying areas will end up flooded either by the sea or by rainfall when that rainfall has nowhere to go because the level is lower than the sea.

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RAMÓN ALBERTO CASTILLO PICADO
RAMÓN ALBERTO CASTILLO PICADO

The same thing is happening in puerto corinto Nicaragua, the sea has won meters eatteng the beach and the authorities just put a lot of stones and now we don't have beaches

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Aquarius1011
Aquarius1011

This must also be happening at many other places around the world that we don't know about, or know little about.

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Patrick Karanja
Patrick Karanja

for the last one year i have been studying costal line long term design, i have few solution to costal line erosion. i am willing to offer structural solution

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All Might
All Might

If they truely want to solve this problem they need to accept help from the dutch, we have been holding back the sea succesfully for a long time, as well as raising entire new provinces from the seabed, we have the technology and skill required to defend any country from the rising sea levels, if they are willing to pay for our work of course.

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All Might
All Might

@0xsynergy You're working on the assumption that you would have to build reinforcements in the sea, the most likely way forward would be to sacrifice small areas around the coast in order to prevent the water from making it's way further inland, you would allow these areas to flood after building appropriate flood defenses so you can control the in/out flow of water, if you want to win the battle against the ocean it will require immense investements and sacrifices, but the longer you wait, the greater those sacrifices will be. Either way I don't care, my country is not the one that is flooding.

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0xsynergy
0xsynergy

@All Might The mean depth of the north sea is 95m. The mean depth of the Atlantic Ocean is 4000m. It's not easy to fill in 4 kms of missing land... unless you're an anime protagonist. ;)

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All Might
All Might

@tubarao1143 There are dozens of ways of getting around that, modern hydraulic engineering is far more advanced than it was when the largest of our coastline defenses such as the Afsluitdijk were created, besides, when dealing with nature you have to think out of the box.

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tubarao1143
tubarao1143

@All Might Does not work... Completely different sea basin morphologies.. I live in the Netherlands.

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Custom Garage
Custom Garage

we dont have afraid of the sea, we respected! we all know how to swim............... the sea give us all and ill keep giving! we are sea people

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Maciej Krycki
Maciej Krycki

So let me get this straight. Little Portugal battles the Atlantic Ocean and nature and wonders why it is losing?

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Kiki
Kiki

Tbh Earth is alive. It will affect our lives, we should live with it.

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Lodewijck
Lodewijck

Its unbelievable that everyone is complaining about the coastal erosion but keep on missing the cause. The Portuguese government has been telling ppl not to build housing near the coastline and are prohibited in most cases.

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NotoriousPyro
NotoriousPyro

0:33 - Director: "Do a concerned look"

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David Santos
David Santos

Bela forma de vir passar ferias a Portugal e inventar notícias.

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HUMBERTO MONTEIRO
HUMBERTO MONTEIRO

Inventar notícias???

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Gary T
Gary T

Who can we tax in order to enrich ourselves… I mean to save the homes.

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Tim Cantrell
Tim Cantrell

Huh, sand washing away. Who would have thought that? Funny, I know folks like that who insist on building right by rivers and in flood planes here in America and always act shocked when they get flooded out. Me, I'm smart enough and I dont live nor build in the flood planes. Maybe these folks need to realize that living on the coast things like that happen?

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The Kitty News
The Kitty News

Sand come from the land. If you remove those home you will find beach sand and when the rain come the sand wash out to the sea create beach. Something like in Thailand 40 years ago Pattaya beach used to have only few houses and few small resort. Walking from the old road to rhe beach you will have to walk on the white sand almost 100 meter. Now people build building on the beach on top of the sand so, when the rain come no sand get to wash to the beach anymore. It is the cause and effect.

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