Half the world’s sandy beaches may disappear by century’s end, climate study says

(Inside Climate News, 2 Mar 2020) Australia’s sandy shores stand to lose the most miles from sea level rise driven by global warming.

Sea level rise fueled by man-made climate change threatens to consume half the world's sandy beaches by the end of the century, according to a new study in Nature Climate Change

Sandy beaches are valuable ecosystems and recreational sites, and their loss would ripple deep into economies. But their destruction could ultimately heighten risks to human life, too. Up to 1 billion people are estimated to live in coastal areas around the world that are less than 10 meters above high tide. Despite how sea level rise has already begun to damage coastal communities and the increasingly dire warnings sounded about the future, growing numbers of people are expected to continue moving to coastal areas, given their economic importance. 

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Inside Climate News, 2 Mar 2020: Half the world’s sandy beaches may disappear by century’s end, climate study says