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The National Trust has said that the UK authorities should work to plan for the increasing coastal erosion in the country.
The National Trust also said that the UK should abandon “Churchillian rhetoric” and claims it can “hold the line” against rising seas. Experts said that there is a growing risk of seaside flooding from climate change and rising sea levels. The data showed that 12,495 new homes and businesses in England were built in areas of medium to high risk from coastal change during the coming ten years.
The National Trust urged the central and local governments to take steps immediately to face the coastal flooding as the sea levels are expected to rise 26-82cm this century. It launched a new “shifting shores” strategy to adapt to coastal change on the 775 miles of coastline owned by the trust.
Phil Dyke, coast and marine adviser at the National Trust, said, “We’re still putting new developments in coastal places that are at risk in spite of public policy warning local authorities and developers not to do that. There’s a sense of urgency about not storing up problems for future generations. This isn’t an abstract thing anymore. It’s become a reality.”