Laura Tobin, Good Morning Britain star and Good Morning Britain host, predicts that Fairbourne’s residents will be the first climate refugees. Their homeland may be completely submerged by 2054.
Laura Tobin predicted that the rising sea levels will first affect the residents of a small village located in Wales within the next thirty years.
The Good Morning Britain star, aged 40, shared terrifying predictions about the negative effects of climate changes in her brand-new book Every Day Ways To Save The Planet.
Laura explained in a chapter about rising sea levels, flooding and extreme weather that Britain is already suffering severe consequences.
The broadcast meteorologist said that Fairbourne, Wales’s first victims, would be the ones to suffer.
“It’s easy to think that these changes are so far away from us that we won’t be affected, but Britain is soon to have its first climate change refugees,” the ITV star explained.
“The people of Fairbourne, a village in Gwynedd, Wales, have been told that by 2054, their village will be ‘decommissioned’ because of the threat of sea-level rise and coastal flooding.
“It has been too expensive to maintain and increase flood defenses, so the residents will have to move before the 450 houses and a pub, post office, and many shops are demolished.
“The people of Fairbourne may be the first people in the UK going through this, but it’s likely that they won’t be the last.”
Laura shared her experience of a trip she took that left her completely stunned.
The Good Morning Britain star, who is known for her scathing commentary on the rise in sea levels, was shocked to discover that the Isles of Scilly would be divided into three.
“I was able to visit the Isles of Scilly in order to report on climate change 2021. It is the most beautiful place, but if the projections of a one-metre sea-level rise happen by 2100, then the main Island of St Mary’s would be split into three,” she explained.
“They will be the most affected by climate change in Britain.”
Laura also shared some more terrifying statistics – one in particular which predicted that by 2050, 300 million people’s homes will fall below the current level of coastal flooding.
Rising sea levels will also increase the impact of hurricanes, typhoons, and other storms on coastal areas.
It is also possible that the Marshall Islands, another archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, will be lost to climate change by 2080. The 55,000 inhabitants of Marshall Islands are at risk because the majority of them are less than 2m above the sea level.
Laura explained that the global average sea level has risen by 21-24cm between 1880 and now, with roughly a third of that occurring in the past two decades.
This is due to land-ice melting and adding water the oceans. Also, it is due to a rise in the temperature of water, which expands when heated.
We have seen an increase in coastal erosion and widespread flooding around the globe. Land has also been permanently submerged.
Mass flooding is also a real threat.
Climate change isn’t the only factor that causes flooding in the oceans.
Higher temperatures actually lead to more rainfall because warm air retains more moisture. This increases risk of extreme rain events.
Laura shared her frightening predictions in her brand-new book Every Day Ways To Save The Planet. She hopes to inspire others to be more climate aware.
Mirror Books has published Laura’s new book. It contains many tips and tricks that will help people make small changes in their daily lives to save the planet. These include recycling, organising food waste and reducing plastics use.
The broadcast meteorologist shared shocking statistics in his book, including the fact that 47% of plastic waste in the UK is not recycled.
Laura Tobin: Everyday ways to save our planet, RRP £14.99, is out on 7 April and published by Mirror Books.