Rising seas and wild weather: can the UK hold back the tide?

With sea level rise accelerating and storms intensifying, coastal communities and critical assets such as roads, rail lines and power stations are on the frontline of climate change. ENDS looks at what’s at risk on our shifting shores

Happisburgh teeters on the shifting Norfolk coast, at the mercy of wild weather and rising sea levels. People have inhabited this land for almost a million years. Clues to their presence were left behind by Homo antecessor in the form of handaxes and butchered bison bones and when storm-fuelled seas stripped back the beach in 2013, the footprints of a dozen adults and children were revealed, walking along the estuarine muds some 800,000 years ago, where the Thames once flowed into the North Sea.  

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