The devastating impact of COVID-19 may be on the foreground of everyone’s mind, but other global crises also continue to unfold.
While the focus is on tackling the pandemic, climate change is accelerating and action has never been more urgent.
The year 2020 was one of the three hottest on record, according to a report released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in April of last year.
Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization focused on climate science, has exposed the seriousness of this threat at the local level.
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Large parts of Kent are expected to fall below sea level on a regular basis by 2050, according to the organization.
Climate Central says the risk of flooding could be three times higher than expected.
There are three main reasons the sea rises in warmer temperatures.
Huge ice caps at the poles are melting faster than they form because snowfall loads more water around the earth, ice at high altitudes melts at higher points, and heat causes them to expand. oceans.
Experts say the causes of human-made global warming include the burning of fossil fuels – coal, gas and oil – factory farming and increased animal production and deforestation.
While these are gradual changes that could take a few years to reach the levels shown on the map, once they are noticeable it will be too late to stop them.
Climate Central also predicts that huge parts of Kent will be affected by annual coastal flooding over the next 30 years.
The map shows that the majority of the coastline will be underwater, with Romney Marsh, Sandwich Bay, and large parts of the Hoo Peninsula fully submerged.
It should be noted that these images are based on predictions if one does not make emission reductions.
Kent regions expected to be underwater by 2050
Large parts of Dover’s waterfront are expected to be underwater – including the port, city center and the old cruise terminal.
Large parts of Deal will also be submerged, including Betteshanger Park.
The seafront stretching from Kingsdown to Ramsgate could disappear.
The Royal St George Golf Club and a huge radius surrounding it in Sandwich will be underwater, according to these predictions.
Pretty low-level villages around Canterbury could also be underwater, including Wingham, Wickhambreax, Stodmarsh and Fordwich.
While the majority of Thanet is expected to remain rather dry, the island itself could turn back into an island.
Climate change could cause the Wantsum Canal to return, again separating Thanet from mainland Britain.
The seafronts of Margate, Ramsgate, Botany Bay and Pegwell Bay will also face flooding.
“Areas shaded in red reflect locations that are below the local projection of sea level and / or coastal flooding according to the selected elevation dataset.
“The red areas must also meet the criteria for hydrological connectivity. This sophisticated “bathtub approach” makes mapping many scenarios fast and efficient, and well reproduces potential future threats at sea level.
“However, when coastal floods are added, the bathtub approach becomes less accurate the higher the flood is.
“The maps do not take into account artificial coastal defenses or long-term dynamic changes.
“Due to the error always present in large-scale elevation data sets, along with the other limitations described here, this map should be viewed as a scouting tool to identify places that may require further investigation. on the risks. “
Herne Bay, Swalecliffe, Hampton and parts of Thanet Way could be submerged.
Whitstable, Seasalter, and Graveney all appear ready to be underwater when The Swale rises.
In fact, The Swale looks set to rise so much that it will cover a huge portion of the coastline – stretching all the way to Faversham.
The rocky heights of the Leas will apparently protect most of Folkestone, but the waterfront is about to submerge.
Most of Romney Swamp will disappear, stretching from Hythe to Camber and all the way to Woodchurch.
Large parts of Sittingbourne which extend as far as Iwade are said to be underwater.
Huge parts of Dartford could be submerged.
The Thames would rise and submerge much of Swanscombe.
The River Medway could become much wider, taking with it most of Aylesford, Forstal and Larkfield.
The growing River Medway could also take Holborough, Ham Hill and surrounding areas
The Medway City Estate could be lost in the river due to climate change.
This would see much of Rochester and Gillingham also submerged.
Much of the Hoo Peninsula is said to be underwater, especially the east and west coasts.
Isle of Sheppey
About three-quarters of the Isle of Sheppey would also disappear.