A new study has revealed that England’s natural WELCOME sign is degenerating, and isn’t that timely. The white cliffs of Dover are eroding up to 10 times faster now than they have over the past 7,000 years.
You may be surprised to learn that it’s not because Nigel Farage is whittling it down in an attempt to put more distance between us and any foreigners, but due to poor human management and storm intensity. Scientists believe that climate change could speed up the process, but we all know that there’s no such thing, right Mr President?
According to the experts, the erosion rate has increased from 2-6cm per year over much of the past 7,000 years to 22-32cm per year over the past 150 years.
“We were very surprised at the stark difference,” said the University of Glasgow’s Martin Hurst, who led the research. “If you have a nice thick and wide beach in front of a cliff, that reflects wave energy. But the beaches have all but disappeared. We need to be aware that when we manage the beach in one place, there is a knock-on effect somewhere else.”
Almost 7,000 homes in England and Wales are reportedly expected to fall into the sea as coastal erosion continues, and the research team plans to assess more spots along the UK’s coastline in order to confirm that yes, we may aswell try to enjoy ourselves now because we won’t be around for long. [PNAS via Guardian]