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Galway, Louth & Wexford Risk Losing Property To Coastal Erosion, New Report Warns

28th December 2018
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Climate change is upping the threat of erosion around Ireland's coast, with hundreds of homes across three counties particularly at risk Climate change is upping the threat of erosion around Ireland's coast, with hundreds of homes across three counties particularly at risk Photo: Tom Szumski/Marine Institute

Climate change is accelerating the threat of coastal erosion for more than 40,000 people living in coastal communities, according to the Irish Independent.

The warning comes from a new report commissioned by local authorities, and produced by the MaREI Centre at UCC, which suggests that 824 properties — particularly in the counties of Galway, Louth and Wexford — and over 300km of roads are at risk.

The report highlights that many of at-risk areas around the country have lands zoned for housing, commercial or industrial use — but only one county has not approved developments within 100 metres of the coast in the last five years.

It’s also feared that current rates of erosion of Ireland’s coastline may be higher than believed, putting potentially hundreds of communities in danger.

The Irish Independent has much more on the story HERE.

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Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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