Paradise islands that lose their shells

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Shells have been disappearing from the beaches of Mauritius for the past three decades

When I visited Mauritius during a teenage family vacation, I remember the sand on the shell-strewn beaches. But as he returns to the Indian Ocean archipelago to report on the effects of climate change, the stretches of fine sand look desolate.

Collecting hundreds of different shells that my father had collected back then would be an impossible feat now.

This comes as no surprise to 14-year-old climate change activist Anish Mungur. He says he has hardly seen a shell in his whole life.

“I find it sad that the shells are gone. I feel the island is already suffering from the consequences of climate change, and there is more work to be done to protect it before it is too late.”

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