Environment Agency warns of rising sea levels, deteriorating water quality and less groundwater

Sea levels will continue to rise, water quality get poorer and groundwater recharge less frequently in the UK under all future climate change scenarios, according to three reports published by the Environment Agency this morning.

 Using the most recent climate change projections (UKCP18), the Met Office found that for London and Cardiff, sea levels could rise by up to 4.3m by 2300 under a “high emissions” scenario, with Edinburgh and Belfast facing a rise of up to 3.6m - a lower figure due to rising land levels in the north. However, the report, commissioned by the Environment Agency, stressed that it is “not possible to rule out substantially larger increases in sea level associated primarily with a potential acceleration in ice mass input from West Antarctica”. 

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