Rising sea could flood 700,000 homes

Ben Doherty
October 17, 2008
MORE than 700,000 Australian homes are vulnerable to rising sea levels, with up to $150 billion worth of homes, property and infrastructure at risk of seawater inundation, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Almost all Australians will be affected by rising sea levels, according to the Federal Government’s Department of Climate Change.

“Eighty per cent of the Australian population lives in the coastal zone, and approximately 711,000 addresses are within three kilometres of the coast and less than six metres above sea level,” the department said in a submission.


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“Those who have the least to do with climate change are the ones suffering first and the greatest.”  – Wade M. Norris

P.R.A.E.R. is the acronym for Program for Relocating Environmental Refugees.

Since 2008, Wade M. Norris has been documenting and advocating for housing, financial aid, and relocation support for environmental refugees and indigenous communities in low lying islands across the globe who risk being displaced (or have already been displaced) by climate change and sea level rise.