Rising sea levels could cause some 200,000 properties in England to be vacated by 2050. This is according to a study published in the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Management. Scientists are constantly reiterating that sea levels have been rising for decades and now the government is saying that not all assets can be saved. The report says rising sea levels will put pressure on about a third of England’s coastline.
According to the BBC, Paul Sears, author of the report and an expert on flood and coastal hazards, says it is almost impossible to draw a line around the coast, so we have to make tough decisions to protect it. We have to decide that these places can be saved and these places cannot be saved. Necessary help should be given to those who may be affected by it while speaking honestly on the subject.
How to save
The report says that southwestern, northwestern and eastern England are the areas of England where the highest risk of flooding is found. Rising sea levels are not only increasing the risk of flooding in coastal areas, but also increasing land erosion along coasts due to large and strong waves. This is the first time that research has identified areas where the cost of security is too high or not technically feasible. It is estimated that by 2050, due to rising sea levels, approximately 160,000 properties will be at risk and will need to be relocated.
30,000 properties identified
Of these, 30,000 to 35,000 are properties that have already been identified as endangered. There is no real engineering limit to how well we can protect it. London’s Thames Barrier, for example, and all the walls around it are constantly rising above sea level.
The shores of the village are crumbling.
Hapesburg is a small, beautiful and old Anglo-Saxon village with a very distinctive red and white striped lighthouse. The coast of this place is breaking fast. The ground beneath the Brano Nero Reading bungalow was found at sea in 2013. Now there is a security fence in their street on which it is written that the road ahead is over. The 77-year-old has been documenting the dilapidated condition of the roads for the past six months.
The sea is stronger than Boris Johnson.
According to the BBC, Briano says that when his bungalow was destroyed, he decided to go up 50 meters. Now that area is also close to the sea. He says the site will last at least 2030. An organization called the Hapesburg Coastal Action Group has been formed to deal with this and raise its voice before the government. Malcolm Kirby, one of the group’s founders, says the ocean is stronger than Boris Johnson.
Malcolm, 81, has been searching for a solution to the problem of land erosion in Hapsburg for the past 20 years. In 2009, he also helped develop the government-sponsored Pathfinder project. Under which the people whose houses fell into the sea were offered market value by the government. This helped them in the process of internal rehabilitation.
Example of building a pathfinder
Hapesburg’s Pathfinder project is now being considered for adoption in the rest of the UK. East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire has been selected as part of the £ 36 million Coastal Transition Accelerator Program. Under this program, green buffer zones will be established between the communities and the displacement of communities from high risk lands will be facilitated. In the last 40-50 years, the entire human race has played a significant role in climate change, so why should only those living on the coast pay the price?
Tags: United Kingdom, the sea
First publication: June 15, 2022, 5:14 IST