The towns, harbours and villages in Cornwall at risk due to climate change - Coverack and Porthleven are on the list
Cornwall is one of the counties in the UK which is likely to be the most affected by climate change. As temperatures are increasing, ice is melting and the sea levels are rising.
Cornwall has 1086km of coastline, which is the longest in England. While coastal erosion is already happening, it is predicted that many coastal places around the county will disappear in the centuries and millennia to come.
The Environment Agency (EA) and Cornwall Council have been monitoring flood and coastal erosion risks for years.
The local authority has recently released its annual Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management report.
It reveals a list of 'vulnerable coastal communities' identified by the EA.
They are towns, villages and harbours which have 'coastal management issues'. Some of them also require managed realignment policies.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) defines managed realignment as the 'deliberate process of realigning river, estuary and/or coastal defences'.
The strategy allows the shoreline to retreat inland, to reduce defence costs or increase the efficiency of flood and coastal defences. It can also allow the re-creation of natural habitats on developed land.
Wikipedia: Cornwall (/ˈkɔːrnwɔːl, -wəl/;Cornish: Kernow[ˈkɛrnɔʊ]) is a ceremonial county in South West England, bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by Devon, the River Tamar forming the border between them. Cornwall is the westernmost part of the South West Peninsula of the island of Great Britain. The southwesternmost point is Land's End and the southernmost Lizard Point. Cornwall has a population of 563,600 and an area of 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi). The county has been administered since 2009 by the unitary authority, Cornwall Council. The ceremonial county of Cornwall also includes the Isles of Scilly, which are administered separately. The administrative centre of Cornwall is Truro, its only city.