Coastal communities may have to be moved and their homes sacrificed as the seas rise because of climate change, the chairwoman of the Environment Agency has warned. Emma Howard Boyd said that while at least £1 billion a year was needed for traditional flood and coastal defences, “we cannot win a war against water” by just keeping on building them higher. With more than 5 million people in England at risk from flooding or coastal erosion, an agency spokesman said that “tough decisions” were on the horizon on whether villages and towns would be abandoned. Ms Howard Boyd made the comments as she revealed a draft strategy aimed at preparing the British coastline for a potential 4C rise in average global temperatures. Such an increase would probably result in the inundation of coastal cities around the world. The most recent climate change report from the Met Office envisages wetter winters, with an increased likelihood of intense rainfall leading to flooding. Sea levels in London would rise by between 30cm and 115cm by 2100, it said.
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Opening an eight-week consultation on the new strategy, Howard Boyd said that the Environment Agency is preparing for a potential 4°C rise in global temperature and urgent action is needed to tackle more frequent, intense flooding and sea level rise. Among the recommendations in the strategy, the Environment Agency has committed to working with partners to develop consistent standards for flood and coastal resilience across the country. To achieve these standards, communities should have access to a range of tools which give them control of how they prepare for and respond to flooding and coastal change, based on the challenges or flood risk any location may face.
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The permafrost may be about to spring an unwelcome surprise, with Arctic soils thought to be thawing faster than anyone had predicted. This threatens to release vast quantities of frozen methane into the atmosphere and transform the northern landscape. One-fourth of all the land in the northern half of the globe is defined as permafrost. This long-frozen soil is home to the detritus of life over many thousands of years: the remains of plants, animals and microbes. The permanently frozen soils of the region hold, so far in a harmless state, 1,600 billion tonnes of carbon: twice as much as exists in the atmosphere.
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