Coastal erosion at Skipsea, East Yorkshire, UK.
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Rising sea levels won't be solved by trying to fix the coast in place. For a defence from coastal flooding, we need to step back.
How much should a council pay to protect private beachfront properties?
How far will we go to protect high-risk beachfront property? New research suggests local councils are too willing to spend public money to protect private landowners from coastal climate change.
King tides now regularly breach seawalls meant to protect Torres Strait Island communities, and it happened again last week.
King tides and rising seas are an increasing and predictable threat, but adaptation plans to limit the damage to coastal property are still not managing the political obstacles.
Parts of the Great Barrier Reef’s outer reefs can form a natural barrier to coastal recession, thus protecting urban centres.
Coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef could lead to increased vulnerability of Queensland coastal cities and towns, and not only through its impacts on the tourism industry.
In the wake of the collapse of Malta's spectacular arch, which UK coastal features are under threat from the unrelenting forces of wind and water?
The original conflict between development and preservation of natural assets is broadening as the risks of climate change become ever more obvious.
Conflicts over coastal areas have largely been between development and preserving what makes these attractive places to live. Rising sea levels are now complicating our relationship with the coast.
The real risk is from sudden storms – but there are ways to limit the damage, if cities start planning now.
Damaged property in Sydney following recent wild weather.
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Wild seas have left beaches eroded and houses close to collapse.
While some councils wish to take a long-term view of what can reasonably be done in the face of sea-level rises, private property owners just want their homes protected.
Many properties are at risk from rising sea levels, with owners and councils at odds over the costs of defending these. NSW law reform may lead to more forward-looking climate change adaptation.
Coastal communities around Australia are facing the rising threat of coastal erosion.
Coastal communities include 24 federal seats held by margins of 5% or less, and their local councils are pressing the Australian government to show more urgency about the impacts of climate change.
Hard at work, so you can have fun in the sun.
But sandy beaches aren't just tourist eye candy – they're a vital defence against coastal erosion.
Groynes at the Keta Sea Defense Project on Ghana’s coast.
Kwasi Addo Appeaning
Unless something is done to curb erosion, Ghana's coast could soon whither away.
Stack ‘em high: big, health reefs take the sting out of stormy seas.
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Defences taking a battering.
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Coasts are at risk from rising seas, but that risk could be alleviated by coastal ecosystems such as mangroves.
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The thawing ground gives up its many secrets.
Villagers living in the Somerset levels who have been inundated with floodwaters for weeks will be able to sympathise with the difficulties faced by those in the similarly low-lying Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta…