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Natural Coastlines Helped Protect Against Tsunami's Wrath

"Those coastlines with intact coral reefs, mangroves, vegetated dunes and robust coastal forests came off better than those degraded by pollution and insensitive land use... So the environment is not a luxury ... It is an economically important insurance policy whose wisdom we ignore at our peril." - quote from U.N. environment agency Executive Director Klaus Toepfer; quote appeared in the article at

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