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Over 200 Homes Will be Lost to Rising Seas in Scarborough Over Next Century

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Properties worth over £28m will be sacrificed to coastal erosion in Scarborough over the next century as it becomes too costly to protect them.

Over 200 homes and buildings will be lost to the rising seas in the Scarborough area over the next 100 years, according to the Guardian, with no compensation for homeowners.

The national newspaper published the findings after reviewing unpublished analysis from the Environment Agency (EA).

The report by the EA estimates that a total of 7,000 properties, worth £1bn, around England and Wales will be sacrificed to rising seas over the next century, with over 800 being lost over the next 20 years as coastlines erode.

Coastal erosion expert Professor Rob Duck, of Dundee University, told the Guardian:

"It is a very difficult issue, but we can’t defend everything at all costs. There are just not the resources to do it and keep on doing it. But it is not just about money, often people have lived in places for generations and there is a lot of history and memories."

Professor Duck described the east coast, from Yorkshire down to Essex, as "soft and vulnerable" and predicted that stronger storms and rising sea levels driven by climate change will increase their vulnerability.

A recent EA document stated: "It is widely accepted that [climate change] will lead to an acceleration of coastal erosion due to more aggressive marine conditions."

The EA analysis assumes that funding for shoreline management plans – a mix of holding the line and managed retreat – is maintained. Without this, the number of properties lost within 100 years would increase tenfold to over 74,000.

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