The Conversation: ‘Building too close to the water. It’s ridiculous!’ Talk of buyouts after floods shows need to get serious about climate adaptation

26 July 2022

Written by Tayanah O'Donnell, Honorary Associate Professor, Australian National University, first published in The Conversation. Republished with permission.

Climate change impacts are fuelling calls for managed retreats and debates about buying out at-risk properties. Some parts of New South Wales have been flooded four times in 18 months. Retreat and relocation from properties in high-risk areas must now be central to climate adaptation. Tayanah O'Donnells research, Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University provides lessons for Australia from around the world on how to manage this difficult task.

Properties on large areas of the Australian coast are vulnerable to erosion and rising sea levels. Image from source. 

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