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Half Of Our World's Sandy Beaches May Disappear Thanks To Climate Change

It’s no secret that majority of people that live today are fans of beaches. And who wouldn’t? You can swim, have fun, relax or just hang out with your family or friends under the warmth of the sun. Heck, you can even build sand castles just a like a child. Beaches are all of that and more. Unfortunately, a new study reveals that about half of our world’s beaches are slated to disappear, and it’s all thanks to climate change.

Everybody say “thank you, climate change,” not.

Sandy Beaches At Risk

According to the review, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, more than a third of our planet’s sandy shoreline beaches are slated to disappear by the year 2100 thanks to the worsening effects of climate change, and all of that can't happen if we significantly reduce the amount of fossil fuel that we burn, or even completely stop it.

“Apart from tourism, sandy beaches often act as the first line of defence from coastal storms and flooding, and without them impacts of extreme weather events will probably be higher. We have to prepare,” Michalis Vousdoukas, lead author and a researcher at the European Commission's Joint Research Center, said.

Some countries, like the United States, are already preparing for this, attempting to create defense systems in order to prevent it from happening. The problem, however, is that the U.S. has 50 states, so it wouldn’t be impossible for them to be unable to afford such a massive engineering scheme.

Australia, however, might be hit the hardest, with the study showing that the country’s slated to lose around 5,000 kilometers (more than 9,000 miles) of white beach coastline over the next 80 years. This is closely followed by Canada, Chile and, of course, the United States. There’s also Mexico, Russia, China, Argentina, India and Brazil.

“Between a quarter and half of the UK's sandy beaches will retreat by more than 100 metres over the next century, depending on how rapidly polar ice sheets melt. Unfortunately, ice losses from Antarctica and Greenland are both tracking the worst-case climate warming scenarios,” Andrew Shepherd, director of the Center for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds, said.

beach summer Summer is already here and some areas in the U.S. are already experiencing hot, sweaty temperatures. Pixabay

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