ong famed for its spectacular fishing, sprawling coral reefs and literary residents such as Ernest Hemingway, the Florida Keys is now acknowledging a previously unthinkable reality: it faces being overwhelmed by the rising seas and not every home can be saved. Following a grueling seven-hour public meeting on Monday, held in the appropriately named city of Marathon, officials agreed to push ahead with a plan to elevate streets throughout the Keys to keep them from perpetual flooding, while admitting they do not have the money to do so. The string of coral cay islands that unspool from the southern tip of Florida finds itself on the frontline of the climate crisis, forcing unenviable choices upon a place that styles itself as sunshine-drenched idyll. The lives of Keys residents – a mixture of wealthy, older white people, the one in four who are Hispanic or Latino, and those struggling in poverty – face being upended. If the funding isn’t found, the Keys will become one of the first places in the US – and certainly not the last – to inform residents that certain areas will have to be surrendered to the oncoming tides.
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The Somerset towns that could be underwater by 2090 due to rising sea levels. A number of Somerset towns could be underwater by 2090 if pollution levels remain unchecked, a new study has shown. Climate Central’s map of the county shows how the current coastline will change within a lifetime to wash away settlements near the sea. Levels are predicted to rise by one metre over the next 69 years, flooding Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Avonmouth. According to the map: “With unchecked pollution, factoring in Antarctic research, the median projection for when sea level rise reaches one metre at Hinkley Point is 2090.”
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