Climate change threatens Tunisia’s lagoon farmers
06 November 2021 | 6:40 am
Tunisia’s lagoon farmers north of Tunis face the real-world impacts of climate change as rising sea levels, hotter weather and scant rainfall threaten to wipe out crop – and an agricultural system dating back to the 17th century.
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