*****Isostatic change > coastal management: New Zealand earthquake gives unexpected benefit. Image copyright AFP It's difficult to find positives from a major natural disaster, but an earthquake in New Zealand last year appears to have saved one local authority millions of dollars in coastal defences.
The Kaikoura earthquake of November 2016 had a measured magnitude of 7.8 and cost the lives of two people on New Zealand's south island. However, the local council in the resort town of Kaikoura says that coastal uplift caused by the quake raised 120 km (75 miles) of coastline by between one to eight metres (3-26 feet), potentially putting previously at-risk infrastructure out of harm's way from sea erosion, Radio New Zealand reports. Floods and erosion are ruining Britain’s most significant sites. Climate change is already wrecking some of Britain’s most significant sites, from Wordsworth’s gardens in Cumbria to the white cliffs on England’s south coast, according to a new report.
Floods and erosion are damaging historic places, while warmer temperatures are seeing salmon vanishing from famous rivers and birds no longer visiting important wetlands. The report was produced by climate experts at Leeds University and the Climate Coalition, a group of 130 organisations including the RSPB, National Trust, WWF and the Women’s Institute.
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