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Belfast 'could be damaged by rising sea levels'

Belfast is among several cities across the world which could be hit by rising sea levels
Emily Beament, Press Association

BELFAST, Dublin and Cork are among several cities across the world which could be impacted by climate change, a worldwide study has revealed.

The following cities in Ireland and Britain could be vulnerable to rising sea levels and flooding by 2050, according to the researchers:

- Brighton

- Middlesbrough

- Dundee

- Swansea

- Southend-on-Sea

- Sunderland

- Aberdeen

- Newcastle

- Portsmouth

- Plymouth

- Belfast

- Kingston upon Hull

- Cardiff

- Southampton

- Bristol

- Edinburgh

- Glasgow

- London

- Reading

- Luton

London's vulnerability to flooding and sea level rise also pulls in certain neighbouring towns and cities included in the London area dataset, such as Luton and Reading, which may themselves be some considerable distance from the coast, the researchers said.

The following UK and Irish cities could be vulnerable to blackouts from power plants affected by coastal flooding by 2050:

- Sunderland

- Southend-on-Sea

- Reading

- Middlesbrough

- Kingston upon Hull

- Norwich

- Luton

- Newcastle

- London

- Cork

- Dublin

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