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Three of Sydney’s most popular beaches could be wiped out by rising sea levels in less than 100 years, says CSIRO

Posted by waterweek on 25 September 2007

Three of Australia’s most popular beaches could be wiped out by rising sea levels in less than 100 years thanks to climate change, a Sydney mayor said, reported The Canberra Times (17/9/2007, p.3).

Goodbye ‘Glamarama’: Waverley Mayor, George Newhouse, said results of a CSIRO study into climate change predicted that sea levels would rise by at least 88cm by 2100, wiping out Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches in Sydney’s east. “These are places where families and children gather,” Newhouse said. “Our children are our future and we are mortgaging their future by failing to act on this climate change issue.” Newhouse launched a climate‑change marker yesterday at North Bondi, which he said was forecast to be under water by 2030. The marker indicates to beach visitors the predicted water height by 2100.

CSIRO study: “At Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte, we will just lose the whole beach and at other beaches like Collaroy and Narrabeen we will see houses falling into the water,” Newhouse said. The CSIRO study analysed sea level increases at six sites around the world between 1990 and 2006, he said. “I’m told that CSIRO estimate is actually conservative, meaning we could see greater increases in sea levels,” he added.

The Canberra Times, 17/9/2007, p. 3

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