Did humans make tsunami effects worse?

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Human activities, notably the building of coastal resorts and the destruction of natural protection, contributed to the enormous loss of life from killer tsunamis that hit the shores of the Indian Ocean after an earthquake, an environmental expert said last Monday.

Jeff McNeely, chief scientist of the Swiss-based World Conservation Union (IUCN), who lived for several years in Indonesia and Thailand, two of the countries hit by Sunday