Rising sea levels could see many Lancashire towns underwater by 2050, new research has predicted. While our daily lives have been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, another global crisis has continued to threaten our future – climate change. Rising temperatures have resulted in increasing sea levels and more severe weather conditions, with the world’s ice sheets melting fast. Morecambe would bear the brunt of the rising sea levels with Climate Central predicting that tourist hot spots would be flooded due to rising sea levels. Heysham would sea coastal areas affected with areas of the centre, the Nuclear Power Station and Nature Reserve staying largely unaffected.
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If global heating is not to be stopped − which seems the case − then governments, civil authorities and communities must start thinking of ways to live with it, including how to survive climate heat’s tides. That could mean building floating cities that will bob up and down with the tides, or existing cities in which the streets have become canals and the parks have become lakes. It will also mean, as land is surrendered to the sea, that cities will have to become more compact, and more crowded, on higher ground. It could also mean urban forests and vertical forests: skyscrapers with balcony gardens, orchards and micro-wildernesses all the way up. It could mean that farms convert to aquaculture: where saltmarsh lamb once grazed, farmers might raise shrimps and shellfish. This is called managed retreat. As the polar icecaps melt, temperature extremes rise, droughts multiply and floods and superstorms become ever more intense, humans will have to adapt.
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