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How Are Rising Sea Levels Affecting Our Comunities?

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How are rising sea levels affecting our communities?
Rising sea levels are a reality that many people either don’t believe or don’t want to believe is happening. People want to protect their investments and homes, but some of them know that the sea will eventually claim their homes and livelihoods. Those people try to believe that nothing is happening but the harsh reality is that sea levels are rising and that they are predicted to rise up to a metre or more in the next one hundred years. Some areas are more vulnerable than others and some are already feeling the pressure of having the sea bearing down on them. I live in an area that will be seriously affected by rising sea levels, along with more of my family and friends. I strongly support ideas and implementations of projects that will help protect existing buildings and infrastructure, or concentrate on building a new and improved city for a future with higher sea levels.
Local perspective: South Dunedin

South Dunedin is one of the most low lying urban areas in the Dunedin area. It is also one of the most deprived areas, with a deprivation rating of 9 or 10. Much of South Dunedin is reclaimed land, and already has a high underground water table, but a sea level rise of up to one metre could either partially or entirely flood South Dunedin Permanently. This rise is projected to occur gradually over the next 100 years.This gives local governing bodies time to plan and implement solutions within the next 100 years.Dunedins geography is also unique, the city is built in the middle of an ancient volcano that has eroded down the middle over millions of years to form a peninsula and a shallow harbour.The harbour is surrounded by hills. South Dunedin is one of the only low lying ar...

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In this essay, the author

  • Opines that rising sea levels are a reality that many people don't believe or don’t want to believe is happening. they support ideas and implementations of projects that will help protect existing buildings and infrastructure.
  • Explains that the dunedin city council is revising its district plan to include these new threats to protect the city in the future.
  • Opines that rising sea levels are a big problem that needs to be brought into the open and dealt with proactively.
  • Explains that napier is one of the most at risk towns in new zealand. flooding would ruin an entire growing season and cost the community millions of dollars.
  • Opines that an evacuation of napier would be necessary if the sea level rises a few metres.
  • Explains that the netherlands is one of the most low lying countries in the world, built mainly on reclaimed land.
  • Explains that the netherlands is the only country that is actively preparing for rising sea levels. their current defences are expected to withstand a rise of at least another metre or two.
  • Explains the new zealand topographic map - nz topo map.
  • Analyzes munro, bruce. "climate change: sink or swim." otago daily times, 5 apr.
  • Explains that south dunedin is one of the most low lying urban areas in the city, with a deprivation rating of 9 or 10.
  • Opines that the netherlands is ready for rising sea levels despite popular belief that it is going to be underwater in a few hundred years.
  • Explains the importance of climate proofing the netherlands (and saving architecture) and the dunedin city council homepage.
  • Narrates how dunedin, otago harbour and otaho peninsula _ aerial is based on the hawke's bay earthquake 1931.
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