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Counting the cost of rising tides on a precious, vulnerable coast

Victoria’s south-west coast is a treasured but vulnerable haven for humans and creatures. Defending it as sea levels rise is an increasingly urgent local concern. Anna Chisholm continues our special series looking at regional responses to climate change.

Words by Anna Chisholm
 

Unless something shifts dramatically – and soon – humanity will overshoot global ambitions to hold temperature rise to 2°C this century.

In this special series, Future Forecast: Spotlight on the South-West, University of Melbourne journalism students take a deep dive into what this means on the ground – and in the ocean – for communities along Victoria’s south-west coast. This is part of an ongoing Citizen Regional Reporting Project, with future editions focusing on other parts of the state.

This article is a multimedia feature series, co-published in part with ABC Regional Radio (Ballarat).

To visit this multi-media report, click here.

If governments continue to fail to mitigate and adapt to these rises, scientists worldwide – among them the University of Melbourne’s Dr Rebecca Runting – warn there will be cascading consequences. “I think now would be a good time to be thinking about long term planning, and trying to get some more robust actions happening.” Photo: Benjamin Silvester

If governments continue to fail to mitigate and adapt to these rises, scientists worldwide – among them the University of Melbourne’s Dr Rebecca Runting – warn there will be cascading consequences. “I think now would be a good time to be thinking about long term planning, and trying to get some more robust actions happening.” Photo: Benjamin Silvester

About The Citizen

THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline. Find out more →

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