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East Anglia could be ravaged by flooding and high sea levels by 2050, according to global map




We could see a lot less of East Anglia in 30 years time if action is not taken in the fight against climate change according to a new interactive map built by a US-based research company.

A report from Climate Central, who research and report the science and impact of climate change, have used data from their own system, CoastalDEM, to calculate what areas could be below the annual flood level by 2050 from a moderate scenario of human pollution.

The map shows that places such as Brandon, Beck Row, West Row and sections of Mildenhall and Lakenheath could be affected by flooding and even be under water within 30 years.

This section of the Climate Central map shows how East Anglia could be afftectPicture from Climate Central (27511373)
This section of the Climate Central map shows how East Anglia could be afftectPicture from Climate Central (27511373)

The report said: "As a result of heat-trapping pollution from human activities, rising sea levels could within three decades push chronic floods higher than land currently home to 300 million people,

"By 2100, areas now home to 200 million people could fall permanently below the high tide line."

On the map, the areas shaded in red are places that could be below the annual flood level, but the research does not factor in coastal defences, such as seawalls and levees.

Though the data claims the planet's vulnerability is worse than previously predicted understood, there is hope as the report said global sea levels will be dictated by "how much warming pollution humanity dumps into the atmosphere".

To view the full interactive map, click here.


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