If you’ve been following this blog, then you know I haven’t shied away from the topic of pollution and the destruction of the planet. Well, I came across some additional news today that I had to share. The following comes out of Newsfusion.
Climate change and rising sea levels are set to wipe out half of the world’s sandy beaches by the year 2100. Sandy beaches occupy more than a third of the global coastline, but that’s subject to change. A researcher at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Michalis Vousdoukas, advised the following:
“Apart from tourism, sandy beaches often act as the first line of defence from coastal storms and flooding, and without them impacts of extreme weather events will probably be higher.”
“We have to prepare.”
Countries like the United States are planning extensive defense systems, but for others, massive engineering could be unfeasible and/or unaffordable. Australia, Canada, Chile, Mexico, China, Russia, Argentina, India, and Brazil are also set to lose most of their sandy shoreline. And rising sea levels, storm surges from hurricanes/typhoons, and damned rivers are eroding those shorelines and threatening livelihoods and infrastructure.
I’m going to do some more digging on this, so stay tuned. But to check out the full article, click here. If you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.
Until Next Time…