ICYMI – To surrender or deter: The fight against the effects of climate change continues
Vasco restaurant is seen surrounded by rocks to protect it from the sea at Marquesa beach, Spain, October 13, 2021. With rising seas threatening to engulf low-lying shores, the Spanish government aims to buy 832 hectares of private land in the Ebro Delta in what would be Europe’s largest climate-related land buyouts to date. Picture taken with a drone. REUTERS/Nacho Doce
Spain’s Ebro Delta, home to 62,000 people and lucrative rice fields that make up roughly 65% of the area, is sinking. Experts predict the region’s sea-levels to raise by 15 centimeters by 2045, prompting the Spanish government to begin its plan initiate Europe’s largest climate-related buyouts.
The decision to buy out 832 hectares of land has been followed by wide-scale opposition from the regions residents, who would prefer to see greater efforts to preserve the land rather than surrendering it to the sea.
The wider conversation on how world leaders will respond to the effects of climate change, like those seen by the residents in Ebro Delta, takes the mainstage in Glasgow as COP26 opens this week. The conference follows a G20 meeting in Rome this weekend, where leaders failed to commit to a 2050 target to halt net carbon emissions.Get the latest COP26 news and content in real-time on Reuters Connect.
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“We don’t know if we will make it through this winter,” said Marcela, 56, who wants the government to preserve the land and opposes a plan to buy it out instead.
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