South-east Asia closes island beaches to recover from climate change and tourism

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Philippines. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

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More popular South-east Asian islands will be off limits to visitors this year as officials seek to protect eco-systems crumbling from warming seas and unchecked sprawl, despite the risk to tourism revenues and tens of thousands of jobs.

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