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Hold the line: The battle to defend Britain's coastline

Climate change is having a corrosive impact on our coastlines – and the people that live by them. As Dr Tim Poate and Andrew Austen explain, it’s down to planners to hold the line. But how?

In the winter of 2013/14, storms battered the South West coast, causing extensive damage to homes and businesses. A landslide at Dawlish left the main rail line in and out of Devon hanging over a void, unusable. For months, an entire region of England was almost inaccessible by rail.In Torcross, waves washed away shingle covering defensive pilings protecting buildings on the promenade. A year........
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