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We can't stop the seas from rising, but there's still time to save the planet's coasts

Global sea level rise on coastlines around the world is likely to be 20-40cm by 2050. Image: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Zita Sebesvari

Head of Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services, United Nations University

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Coastal flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Coastal flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia. Image: Ardiwebs/Shutterstock

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Predicted sea level rise this century if warming reaches 2.6°C, 4.5°C or 8.5°C by 2100.
Predicted sea level rise this century if warming reaches 2.6°C, 4.5°C or 8.5°C by 2100. Image: IPCC, Author provided
Replanting mangroves could protect tropical coastlines from flooding and storm surges, while absorbing atmospheric carbon and slowing climate change at the same time.
Replanting mangroves could protect tropical coastlines from flooding and storm surges, while absorbing atmospheric carbon and slowing climate change at the same time. Image: Janine Kandel/UNU-EHS, Author provided
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