Climate change flood map shows parts of UK where homes will be unsellable by 2050

[24-10-2021 01:38 PM]

Ammon News - Millions of British homes may be unsellable in 30 years time due to the ruinous impact of climate change fuelled flooding.

Next month delegates from most of the biggest countries in the world are meeting in Glasgow to discuss how to radically cut green house gas emissions.

The aim is to hit net-zero emissions by 2050 and keep the goal of limiting global temperature increases to 1.5C within reach.

New analysis shows the devastating effects to Britain's houses by mid-century if we fail in that task and continue burning fossil fuels as we currently are.

Large tracts of the country will be unrecognisable due to extreme flooding as rainfall becomes heavier and more ferocious, and sea levels continue to rise.

The impact on the homes and livelihoods of millions of Brits will be immense, with newly formed flood plains costing insurance firms billions and rendering hundreds of thousands of homes unsellable.

Irish location intelligence solutions firm Gamma has mapped the parts of Britain that will be worst hit by flooding.

The number of homes at risk of flooding if emissions aren't cut dramatically will quadruple in Portsmouth it predicts, meaning more than 20,000 properties or one in five will be in danger of being submerged.

Great Yarmouth will be the worst hit overall, with flood waters threatening a third of all homes and commercial buildings in the East Anglian town.

Upmarket areas including Kensington and Chelsea will be badly impacted as well when flooding becomes a regular danger for close to 14,000 properties.

Across the country 1.3million residential and commercial addresses in Great Britain will newly be at risk of flooding by 2050, bumping up related insurance claims by an additional £122billion.

In total 3,066,318 properties, or one in ten, will be flood risks.

The owners of half of those soggy homes and businesses will be unable to sell them, Aviva research suggests, meaning Brits will be lumped with worthless, waterlogged properties.

If the flooding doesn't impact you, then subsidence may.

Hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters in 2050 will cause soil to dry unevenly, increasing the risk of cracks forming in buildings.

The cost to homeowners to fix the problems can be enormous, stretching into the tens of thousands of pounds.

Some towns, such as Swindon, will see 81% of all properties at risk of subsidence by 2050 - up from the current 1%.

It is predicted that 92% of all homes and commercial buildings in South Tynside will be in jeopardy in 29 years time.

Cutting green house gas emissions will be a crucial part of avoiding this miserable future, with Cop26 seen as an important step in working towards that goal.


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