The rise of sea water is one of the consequences of climate change and Portugal is not free from danger. There are at least three major risk zones. If they disappear, they take a part of our economy, culture and biodiversity.
Red alert: countries are at risk of disappearing
The latest report of United Nations about climate change is a red alert for humanity. As a result of human intervention, the land is heating up and, at best, the sea water can rise between 22 to 55 meters, up to 2100. There are countries that are at risk of disappearing and human life can become impossible in various parts of the planet.
World leaders, meeting in Glasgow, have Climate Conference the last chance to save humanity’s future.
Portugal is considered a medium risk zone, but even so it has at least three major danger zones.
Inserted in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a unique place for its biodiversity, Culatra does not escape the effects of climate change.
Culatra Island, in the Algarve, is identified with a high flood potential with loss of marshes to water areas. Any surrounding occupation that is low may be affected.
The Tagus Estuary
A scenario that is repeated in the Tagus Estuary. Between the Tagus River and the Sorraia River, it has felt like climate change for some time now, where there is more and more salt water.
The Ria de Aveiro
Born from a geographical accident since the 16th century, the Ria de Aveiro feeds the populations that it involves and its dependents. Now, the link of its 45 kilometers of coast is dependent on human action.
In addition to the rise in the average sea water level, the Portuguese coast also has the problem of erosion.
Alerts are not from today
Neither this reality is new, nor the warnings of the principles set out now. It has been that way since an industrial age.
As the manufacturing methods were no longer handcrafted and started to be made by machines, the planet was heating up, the ice melting, the sea water rising.
In Portugal, the water has increased by 22 inches. The country is a medium risk zone. Bangladesh, the Philippines, Mozambique or China are very vulnerable.
The focus is on the future, but climate change is already visible. There are measures that are not immediate accurate.