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The world's beaches that could soon be washed away

Love Exploring Logo By Rachel Truman of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 31: The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service, used satellite images to track the way beaches have changed over the past 30 years and simulate how global warming may affect them. It found the UK will lose 27.7% (951 miles or 1,531km) of its sandy coasts by 2100 in the best-case scenario. This could shoot up to 43.7% (1,500 miles, 2,415km) in the worst case. It pinpoints the beaches of west Dorset, north Devon, Great Yarmouth, Barrow-in-Furness (pictured) and northeast Lincolnshire as the worst affected areas with these coasts predicted to retreat at five times the national average.

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The Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service, used satellite images to track the way beaches have changed over the past 30 years and simulate how global warming may affect them. It found the UK will lose 27.7% (951 miles or 1,531km) of its sandy coasts by 2100 in the best-case scenario. This could shoot up to 43.7% (1,500 miles, 2,415km) in the worst case. It pinpoints the beaches of west Dorset, north Devon, Great Yarmouth, Barrow-in-Furness (pictured) and northeast Lincolnshire as the worst affected areas with these coasts predicted to retreat at five times the national average.

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