How unrealistic, unfunded policies are putting coastal assets at risk

Sea level rise will make coastal assets and communities ‘unviable’ within the lifetime of today’s children, according to the government’s advisers. Better alignment of policies in needed, but achieving a joined-up approach is difficult in practice, practitioners tell Catherine Early

Mevagissey coastal erosion
Assets and communities are at risk from sea level rise

The UK population has always lived with a degree of coastal flooding and erosion. But the warning from the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) report on coastal adaptation was stark – the nation is simply not prepared for the expected one metre of sea-level rise within the lifetime of today’s children.

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