PHOTOS: Half of world’s sandy beaches at risk from climate change

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BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say half of the world’s sandy beaches could disappear by the end of the century due to climate change. 

FILE – In this April 30, 2015 file photo, a man fishes along the receding banks of the Salton Sea near Bombay Beach, Calif. Scientists say that half of the world’s sandy beached are at risk of disappearing by the end of the century if climate changes continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches changed over the past 30 years and project how global warming might affect them in the future. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
FILE-In this Aug. 21, 2018 file photo beach chairs are lined up before sunrise in Timmendorfer Strand at the Baltic Sea, northern Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. Scientists say that half of the world’s sandy beached are at risk of disappearing by the end of the century if climate changes continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches changed over the past 30 years and project how global warming might affect them in the future. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
FILE-In this July 18, 2019 file photo afamily arrives on the beach in a classic American car on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. Scientists say that half of the world’s sandy beached are at risk of disappearing by the end of the century if climate changes continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches changed over the past 30 years and project how global warming might affect them in the future. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
FILE – In this Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 file photo, people enjoy the popular beach of Navagio, or Shipwreck Beach, on the western island of Zakynthos, Greece. Scientists say that half of the world’s sandy beached are at risk of disappearing by the end of the century if climate changes continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches changed over the past 30 years and project how global warming might affect them in the future. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)
FILE – This May 21, 2008, file photo shows the main beach at Caladesi Island State Park, a barrier island along the Gulf of Mexico, on Florida’s West Coast in Dunedin. Scientists say that half of the world’s sandy beached are at risk of disappearing by the end of the century if climate changes continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches changed over the past 30 years and project how global warming might affect them in the future. (AP Photo/Craig Litten, File)
FILE-In this May 12, 2008 file photo people stroll along the steep coast at the beach at Johannistal nearby Heiligenhafen at the Baltic Sea, northern Germany. Scientists say that half of the world’s sandy beached are at risk of disappearing by the end of the century if climate changes continues unchecked. Researchers at the European Union’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy, used satellite images to track the way beaches changed over the past 30 years and project how global warming might affect them in the future. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper)

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