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While sea levels are slowly rising at present, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) predicts that the tempo will accelerate from 2050 onwards and that this will have serious consequences.

The journal Nature Communications published a study that maps the damage to Europe that is caused by rising sea levels. It concluded that Europe needs to spend between €1.8 and €2.8 billion a year on reinforcing dikes in order to prevent hundreds of billions of euros a year in flood damage. The report commissioned by the European Commission is in no doubt: one-third of Europe’s coastline, from Norway to Greece, must be reinforced before 2100. This calls for a European Delta Plan.

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