An interactive map shows the British seaside spots likely to be wiped out by 2050 because of rising sea levels caused by global warming.
The map, created by US climate news website Climate Central, shows people in Liverpool, Hull, Blackpool and along the Norfolk coast would lose their homes by 2050. Other areas that could be permanently underwater include South Wales, Gloucester, Weston-super-Mare, Portsmouth and huge swathes of East Anglia.
Almost all of central London either side of the Thames will also be underwater, according to the model, sending global businesses and government buildings – including Number 10 Downing Street – to a watery grave.
Sea levels are already rising now because of human activities that emit greenhouse gases – and recent flooding events in the UK are likely a glimpse of what will happen over the next century if global warming is not curbed, experts say.
Climate Central’s map is based on a wealth of peer-reviewed research into melting ice sheets from scientific journals, according to the firm.
Previous studies have provided a constant reminder of the danger of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities and the resulting rise in global temperatures, which in turn melt ice sheets and cause a rise in sea levels.
These human activities include burning fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas and oil, which release carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, as well as deforestation.
Scientists have previously predicted that sea levels will rise to such an extent within this century that entire cities will be submerged due to greenhouse gas emissions, forcing millions of people to evacuate their homes. According to Dr Benjamin Strauss, chief executive of Climate Central, the map improves upon previous data that tended to ‘overestimate land heights along the coast’.