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Local villagers travel to and from the islands by wooden boats in Sundarban, West Bengal, India, on 18th January, 2012. The Sundarban islands and mangroves are sinking, say experts, due to climate change. Locals say they are overwhelmed by tourists' trash that affect the mangroves and sudden changes in weather patterns that have caused such damage that they continue to struggle to recover. One of the islands, once inhabited, has slowly sunk. Photo by Suzanne Lee for The National (online byline: Photo by Szu for The National)