Rising seas will wipe out almost 1,000 miles of sandy beaches in the UK by the end of the century even if the world reduces emissions, a study has found. Beaches in East Yorkshire, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and south Wales are among the most vulnerable, according to the study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. It found that 27.7 per cent of the UK’s sandy beaches would be lost by 2100 under a scenario in which global greenhouse gas emissions begin declining in about 2040. This would still result in a 50cm rise in sea levels, the authors said. The length of beaches lost will rise to 1,500 miles, or 43.7 per cent of the total, if emissions grow at a higher rate. A similar trend will occur globally, with almost half the world’s sandy beaches disappearing by 2100 in the worst-case scenario that assumes an 80cm rise in sea level.
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