A number of Somerset towns could be underwater by 2090 if pollution levels remain unchecked, a new study has shown.
Climate Central’s map of the county shows how the current coastline will change within a lifetime to wash away settlements near the sea.
Levels are predicted to rise by one metre over the next 69 years, flooding Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Avonmouth.
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However, it is not only seaside towns that will lose ground. A huge stretch of the M5 between Burnham-on-Sea and Bridgwater will also be underwater.
The land between the South West’s biggest road and Glastonbury and Street looks set to be awash, as does the low-lying ground east of Bridgwater.
According to the map: “With unchecked pollution, factoring in Antarctic research, the median projection for when sea level rise reaches one metre at Hinkley Point is 2090.”
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Towns underwater by 2120
Sea levels are expected to rise by two metres by 2120, by which time much of Bridgwater will be flooded.
Smaller settlements like Woolavington and Westonzoyland will also be submerged.
Towns underwater by 2140
When levels surge by three metres over the next 119 years, the flooded parts of the county will be in even deeper water.
Cheddar will also be among the towns submerged, along with North Petherton and Brent Knoll.
Towns underwater by 2170
By 2170, water levels are expected to have risen by five metres and around a third of the county will be underwater.
By this time, even Minehead – which was yet to be badly affected – will lose some of its coastline.
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