Recently I’ve had the opportunity to deal with Dr Peter Fisher who is a leading climate change adaptation specialist.
Peter has co-ordinated a climate change risk assessment for the Port Phillip city council, this is one of the first reports done in Australia.
Climate change is now an accepted reality by the public, films such as Al Gore’s ‘An inconvenient truth’ have helped break this issue into the wider public.
Something Dr Fisher has been following for some time is the affect rising sea levels are having on our coastal towns and communities.
According to the United Nations Climate Panel, an 80% rise in sea levels could be expected by 2100 unless carbon dioxide levels are reined in. Peter expects it could even be more severe.
In Victoria, VCAT recently overturned a plan of approval from the South Gippsland shire for the construction of six dwellings on the Toora coast due to risks involved with climate change.
Dr Fisher points to the fact that while many homes will be above an expected rise over the coming decades, this does not stop the elevated storm surge that has potential to reap havoc on coastal properties.
One of the major consequences in the infancy of these coastal changes could be the crippling insurance premium payable to live by the coast.
Any property purchase close to the coast and bay should be carefully considered for such risk.
More to come on this issue I’m sure…
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