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Mudflats that are coast protectors may offer a solution to the rising seas levels globally. (picture-alliance/dpa/ESA/USGS).

Mudflats: The world’s great coastal protectors

The rising levels of our global seas pose serious threats to low-lying coastal communities. Can nature help?

The rising levels of our global seas poses serious threats to low-lying coastal communities. Nature itself can go some way to offering a solution.

As muddy as they are flat, mudflats don’t necessarily have the draw of golden sands and coastal cliffs, but in an era of rising sea levels, theses sprawling areas of inter tidal zones offer unsung protection to shoreline communities all over the world.

Nestled toward the upper reaches of the northern hemisphere, Germany might still seem largely out of reach of the long arm of global warming. But off the country’s northwest coast are a handful of small marsh islands, home to a tiny population, where the realities of climate change are already lapping at the door.

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