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Dawlish 'to be most impacted by climate change'

Work is underway to build a new sea wall in Dawlish

It's likely to see more frequent storms and floods

Dawlish has been named on a list of areas that will be most impacted by climate change by 2040.

New research also shows that over half of Britons still don’t believe we are in a state of climate emergency, despite the many concerns raised by experts.

It also suggests one in twenty Brits don't think climate change has, or will, impact the UK.

A green coalition – made up of Friends of the Earth, Extinction Rebellion, Greenpeace, Woodland Trust and The Daily Mirror – has identified regional hotspots across the UK that will be most impacted by climate change by 2040:

  1. Dawlish, Devon – extreme storms
  2. Saddleworth Moor - wildfires
  3. Happsiburgh, Norfolk and Birling Gap, East Sussex – coastal erosion
  4. Wayoh Resevoir, Bolton - droughts
  5. Nenthead, Cumbria – extreme snow blizzards

Dr Emily Grossman, scientist and TV presenter, said: "Dawlish is just one of possibly hundreds of areas of the UK that will continue to be impacted by climate change, and will see more and more frequent storms, floods and damage to the local environment.

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