Dutch-style dykes should be built along more than a quarter of the coastline to protect it from a rise in sea level of up to one metre by the end of the century, a study suggests. If no action is taken to protect the coastlines, the number of people affected by coastal flooding in the UK could rise from an average of 27,000 a year to up to 1.1 million by 2100, according to the study led by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. A team of scientists evaluated the costs and benefits of building additional defences along Europe’s coastline to protect against rising sea levels caused by climate change. The benefits tended to outweigh the costs in areas where the population density was greater than 500 people per square kilometre.
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