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Thousands with homes on UK coast will need to move as sea levels rise

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Thousands of families on the British coast will have to move inland as sea levels rise, an international commission has warned.

Entire communities may need to relocate to higher ground due to the effects of climate change, it is claimed.

The shocking report says: “Protecting against or accommodating sea level rise in low-lying areas may no longer be possible and coastal residents may need to systematically retreat.”

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Emma Howard Boyd, head of the Environment Agency, warned in May that it was not possible to protect against flooding by building “infinitely high walls and barriers”.

The Committee on Climate Change has warned the number of UK homes at risk from coastal erosion could rise from 5,000 to 32,000 by 2050.

a group of people riding on the back of a motorcycle: Parts of a cliff at The Marrams in Hemsby, Norfolk, collapsed into the sea after bad weather © PA Parts of a cliff at The Marrams in Hemsby, Norfolk, collapsed into the sea after bad weather

The new report by the Global Commission, whose leaders include Bill Gates, urges governments to invest more in urgent adaptations.

Clive Stockton, district council leader in North Norfolk where hundreds of homes are at risk, said: “Climate change is the fault of everybody so why should a few people at the coast bear the problem?”

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The UK is to host key United Nations climate talks in Glasgow in November 2020. The Cop26 meeting is the most important summit since the global Paris Agreement in 2015.

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