Lincolnshire's low-lying farm plains and coastline risk flooding, if the latest UN warnings that the world is on course for 3C of global warming come true. In October the UN warned that there is still a large gap between the pledges by governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions and the reductions scientists say are needed to avoid dangerous levels of climate change. Current promises, plans and practices would lead to temperature rises of as much as 3C or more by the end of this century.
Lincolnshire’s flat, low-lying agricultural plains, which stretch north from the fens, curling around the Wash to Skegness and Grimsby, have long been a frontline of mankind’s battle to claim and protect food-producing land from the sea. The county is now risking being flooded due to rising sea levels, which would the entire shape of eastern England forever.
Global warming of 3C would lock in changes that would ultimately – several decades down the line – swamp most of the farm fields and much of the coastlinein this eastern county. The growing threats of flooding, storm-surges and coastal erosion are already evident.
Lincolnshire was designated a high-risk area in the most recent national flood assessment, with 30,000 vulnerable properties. The county is a major recipient of the government’s six-year £2.5bn programme to strengthen sea and flood barriers in England. This is done with a mix of soft defences (sandy shores, mudflats and wetlands to absorb wave impact) by the coast along with hard defences (concrete walls) further inland.
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