Climate Change Will Destroy Half of the Beaches in the World

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The temperature is expected to rise by 2.8 ° C at the end of this century due to climate change. This increase in temperature will cause sea levels to rise, causing half of the world’s beaches to disappear.

Beaches all over the world face the danger of extinction due to climate change. The beaches where people enjoy their holidays now can stay under the sea rising due to climate change or they may be affected by destructive erosion. Especially the beaches on the ocean shore are in great danger.

Scientists from the European Commission announced that at the end of the century, at least half of the world-famous beaches will disappear as a result of increasing temperatures by 2.8 ° C. Research published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that 15 percent of the world’s beaches will disappear in 2050 due to climate change.

According to the scenario called RCP 8.5 created by scientists, 49.5 percent of the beaches in the world will be destroyed until 2100. To put it more clearly, 132,000 km of coastline will disappear until 2100. It seems that the loss will be 40,000 km even in 2050. According to another less scary scenario, RCP 4.5, 95,000 kilometers of coastline will disappear by 2100, most of which will happen in the next 30 years.

According to the findings of the research, Australia ranks first with 15,000 km in the list of beaches that will disappear until 2100. Australia, Canada, Chile and the USA follow. Mexico, China, Russia, Argentina, India and Brazil are among the other countries that will continue to lose their beaches.

If current temperature trends continue as they are, the average temperature on Earth is expected to increase by 2.8 ° C at the end of the century. Despite saying that measures will be taken to prevent the increase in temperature with the signed protocols, the targets are far from reality.

Sandy beaches are at the forefront of the effects of climate change. Sandy beaches respond to sea level changes faster than rocky coastlines and cliffs. This makes beaches the first form of beach to be affected by climate change.

Experts state that the loss of beaches poses a significant security threat in the coastal areas where population density is higher, more important than being destructive for tourism.

The most at risk beaches are located in low coastal areas with high population density. Scientists say that half of these beaches will be seriously threatened by coastal erosion by the end of the century. Failure to control global warming can also increase the amount of threatened beaches.

Professor Andrew Shepherd, director of the Polar Observation and Modeling Center at Leeds University, called for the preparation of coastal zones against the worst effects of climate change. “Unfortunately, ice losses from Antarctica and Greenland follow the worst climate warming scenario. For this reason, we should be prepared to make changes in our coastal landscape in advance. ”

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