“The UK’s coastlines will become even more dangerous because of climate change, an expert has told Sky News.
Two more people died today on Britain’s shores – a man scuba diving in Cornwall and a 17-year-old boy in the waters near Sunderland.
Last week, five young men were drowned at Camber Sands. The weekend before, seven people died in different parts of waters around the UK.
Rip currents – fast moving, narrow channels of water that can drag swimmers out to sea – are not becoming more frequent or more vicious.
But our changing climate is making them more unpredictable, according to Dr Simon Boxall, an oceanographer at the University of Southampton.
Dr Boxall told Sky News: “Climate change means not just more winter storms, but more summer storms as well, so you have an ever moving topography.
“Rip currents need an escape and so they work on the topography of the sea floor.
“Now if you get big storms, the storms can change the topography completely, they can move a sand bar a kilometre overnight. That’s how powerful they are.
“And so because you get these moving sandbars every time you get a big storm, it means predicting where the rip currents are likely to take place becomes very difficult.”
The RNLI have added Camber Sands to its “community life-saving plan”, recognising that a previously unremarkable stretch of beach has become more dangerous. It has also introduced a temporary RNLI lifeguard service.” Read more ..
“.. because of climate change”. Climate change means “Man Made Global Warming” – only one problem, there’s no man made – anything, it’s all a scam.