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The British Islands to crumble into the sea

The Millennium turn laughed at by the British, nor about Mark, and Louis Roberts. The Few, the Belle Tout lighthouse from Beachy Head in the southern English County of Sussex inhabited, to this point in time, the demise of literally three metres away. As a result of rapid coastal erosion had worked his way up the sea so close to the lighthouse, the Roberts decided to bring her home in safety, as well as it went. By means of powerful beams, and hydraulic Devices shipped them the 850-ton structure on to a sliding rail on safer Terrain, 18 meters wide of the cliff.

as a precaution, they left the transport bar at the new location under the lighthouse – in the event that Belle has to Tout are transported further inland. The sensational action at the time was all the rage. Elsewhere, houses and entire Hotels slipped into the sea, nobody had dragged off in a timely manner.

According to the British environmental Agency similar Los threatens approximately 9000 buildings. The government's official Committee on climate change estimates that by the year 2080 even more 100'000 houses "could go over the cliff" when, as is now feared, the storm, rain and Erosion due to climate change increase and the sea level rises a full Meter. And the only victims crumbling coastlines on the island.

millions of Britons is in the onslaught of the weather and waves, regular or even permanent Flooding of their homes and apartments. All the road networks and railway lines, nearly a hundred stations, but also countless power plants, oil Refineries, Gas Terminals and approximately one thousand highly toxic waste storage in low-lying areas on the coasts are at risk in the short or long. In recent years, more and more frequently occurring large Floods, the extent of this risk significantly.

"With more and higher dams, we can't win a war against the water."Emma Howard Boyd, environment Agency

Emma Howard Boyd, Head of the environmental Department, there is no doubt what will happen to their country people there – and why. "The floods there have been, of course, always," she said. "But climate change is increasing and accelerating those risks. And we can't win a war against the water by building higher and higher dams." Instead, says Boyd need "a different philosophy".

In the past few years, the company tried in the UK with a mighty the port walls and concrete embankments to protect against the encroaching water. Meanwhile, the environment Agency and natural measures such as distribution channels for the water prefer, permeable dams and new forest and Heath land plantations. Also in the construction of better gewappneter houses.

As in disaster movie

At the same time, the insight that some tracts of land in a really dramatic rise in sea grows would not be level and the simultaneous strong increase in rainfall. "Ultimately," said the environmental Agency's Director for the first time openly, "we need whole communities to safety." For many, a return will not be possible.

Nearly 200 kilometres of often densely populated coast are considered to be immediately flood at risk of old towns such as Great Yarmouth or Lyme Regis to the new development areas in the Thames estuary or on the Humber. Despite all the warnings of recent years will continue to be built in flood areas. In the worst case, warn experts, could fall even cities such as Norwich or Liverpool, but the flood victims. So high above the sea.

How could it be London, was seen twelve years ago in the disaster film "Flood". The two thousand year old Thames might mention metropolis as a new Atlantis in the story, with Trafalgar Square on the bottom of the sea and sardines swarming in the halls of Westminster, is not, of course, only an idea of a lively imagination.

in the next half-century, fear of researchers, they could not shafts on the London underground and parts of the sewer system of the city of 9 million may be from a rising river Thames overwhelmed-if you meet rapidly Pension. A new, bigger Thames barrier in the run-up to the old is already in the planning stage. In the case of London, the "economic Use devices" massive protection is higher than on most coasts, to justify London's defenders your project.

"Completely unprepared"

"And," says Professor Jim Hall from the government's official Committee on climate change, "is only the beginning of what will be the cost of climate change to us." A billion pounds per year to be used for "preventive measures". Because the UK was "totally unprepared" for what is to come.

Mike Childs, chief scientific adviser to the environmental lobby Friends of the Earth, accepts that such measures are useful and necessary. Childs wishes, however, that should the attention of British politicians "more on the reduction of emissions", which have caused the climate change. Unfortunately, the government in Downing Street, and leave it there but of all the reason are missing, he says. The environmental activist refers to their "Insistence on Fracking, airport Expansion, the construction of new roads and the lukewarm support of renewable energies".

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 12.05.2019, 20:07 PM

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