Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Threat to Ballina If Level of Sea Rises; Extra 4 Degrees Dangerous

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Threat to Ballina If Level of Sea Rises; Extra 4 Degrees Dangerous

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Byline: Claudia Jambor

BALLINA and other coastal towns around Australia could be under water if global temperatures increase by four degrees, according to an interactive map by a global climate change not-for-profit organisation.

Climate Central last week launched Surging Seas Seeing Choices - a new, online interactive map visualising how different countries might flood if sea levels rise to a certain height due to global warming.

Data from the organisation's report Global Mapping Choices published last November was used to develop the interactive tool.

Southern Cross University Professor of geography Dr Bill Boyd said the map paints a picture of how our area, and Australia in general, may flood if the sea level rises to a specific height.

"These maps are useful for giving people an impression of one important effect of a rising sea level," Dr Boyd said.

"I think it should be a good warning to people living in coastal areas that the coastal land is under a threat. …

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