Environment Agency chair: We won’t turn our backs to the sea

The UK must learn to adapt to the risks from flooding caused by climate change in the future rather than “building its way out of a crisis”, according to Emma Howard Boyd, the chair of the Environment Agency (EA).

Speaking yesterday at the Royal Geographical Society, Howard Boyd noted that parts of the English coast are the fastest eroding in Europe. Last week a piece of Norfolk the size of two football pitches collapsed into the sea and 1.8 million homes in England are at risk of coastal flooding over the next 50 years, she added.

Crucial national infrastructure and industry are threatened too, Howard Boyd said. Bacton Gas terminal in Norfolk – critical to 30% of the UK’s gas supply – is at risk from erosion and flooding, she noted.

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