8 Apr 2015

Bruce Glavovic on rising sea levels

From Nine To Noon, 9:32 am on 8 April 2015

Rising sea levels and increasing fierce storms are predicted to seriously impact coastal communities around the world. Professor Bruce Glavovic, a natural hazards planning expert from Massey University says we need to consider a managed retreat from many coastal settlements. He is the co-editor and writer of Climate Change and the Coast - Building Resilient Communities, which looks at the climate change impact on coastal settings around the world, including America's Gulf of Mexico coast, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, The Maldives, southern Africa, Bangladesh, and Vietnam. The book calls for a major re-think of coastal planning approaches, including moving some communities further away from the coast, and giving coastal communities the resources and flexibility to adjust to the changes.