(CNN) According to a new study, half of the world’s beaches could disappear by the end of the century due to the possibility of climate change.
Researchers found that rising sea-levels would be a key force in eroding many heavily-populated coastal areas, including beaches on the U.S. east coast, South Asia, and central Europe. Researchers believe these shorelines could retreat by more than 300 feet.
By 2050, researchers believe some coastlines could be unrecognizable from what we see today, with 10% to 12% facing severe erosion.
Some scientists say that modest adjustments to heat-trapping gas pollution could help prevent beach loss by about 22 percent by 2050.
The study was published Monday in the scientific Journal Nature Climate Change and was conducted by scientists from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center, as well as universities in Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.
(This story was originally published on March 2, 2020.)