Half of the world’s sandy beaches could disappear by 2100

Climate change and rising oceans could lead to the disappearance of half of the world’s sand beaches by 2100, and even if humanity succeeds in significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, more than one-third of the sandcoasts are threatened, according to the study.

Michalis Vosdokas, the study’s supervisor and researcher at the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, noted that “the consequences of the demise of these beaches will not be limited to tourism activities,” noting that “beyond tourism, sandy beaches often provide the first protection mechanism against storms and floods.” Without them, the effects of extreme weather events are likely to be stronger.”

“We probably have to prepare for this situation,” Vosdokas said.

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