Journey to the Sinking Lands

A witness to the world's first evacuation of an entire people due to climate change

Drowning, not waving

Scientists will warn this week that rising sea levels, triggered by global warming, pose a far greater danger to the planet than previously estimated, warns The Observer.

“It is now clear that there are going to be massive flooding disasters around the globe,” said Dr David Vaughan, of the British Antarctic Survey. “Populations are shifting to the coast, which means that more and more people are going to be threatened by sea-level rises.”

Tellingly, serious, sober people like the Institute for Mechanical Affairs say it is now time to discuss Adapting to the Inevitable. These aren’t self-important eco-warriors wielding cups of green custard, but sensible and worried experts who say that large parts of Britain may have to be abandoned because they are too expensive to protect.

Roger Garnham writes to say that South Uist in the Outer Hebrides off Scotland is also under threat.

And I’ve just found this interactive map, which shows how much of the world we stand to loose for each metre the sea rises.


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