Global warming consigning Oz's 'iconic' Bondi beach to history

Sydney, Sept. 29 : Bondi beach is going to shrink to a thin ribbon of sand and extreme storms are going to reach the top of its concrete sea wall, according to a research commissioned by the local council.

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), found that the sea level is going to rise and could be expected to be up to 80 centimetres higher by the end of the century.

In case there is an 80-centimetre rise, high tides are going to flood many Sydney suburbs located close to water, which includes sections of Annandale, Mosman, Marrickville, Brighton-le-Sands, Sylvania Waters, Five Dock and Narrabeen.

According to New South Wales Greens MP David Shoebridge, the council's own research shows that beach is going to recede dramatically - by about 20 metres in 2050 and 45 metres in 2100, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The research is in a 2011 report that was commissioned by the council by consultancy WorleyParsons.

According to Council figures, the north and south ends of the beach presently measure about 60 metres, widening to 120 metres at the centre.

The figures also show that the ocean is going to surge over the sea wall during a one in 100-year storm event, which is going to swamp waterfront parks.

--ANI (Posted on 29-09-2013)

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