Blog: Rising seas could leave towns abandoned

Recently, Sir James Bevan gave a speech saying the growing threat of rising seas and rivers means we will not be able to defend homes with walls of concrete (Sir James wants to move away from “carbon-intensive material” like steel and concrete).  Instead we should give up and let them be swallowed by the encroaching waters.

He said some coastal communities will have to be moved away from danger caused by the ‘inevitable impacts of a rising sea level’.

“In the long term, climate change means that some of our communities… cannot stay where they are” he said.  On adapting to rising sea levels, he continued, “While we can come back safely and build back better after most river flooding, there is no coming back for land that coastal erosion has taken away.’

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Blog: Rising seas could leave towns abandoned