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Climate change a threat to low-lying B.C.: study
CTV.ca News Staff
Some waterfront properties in B.C. could be under water in a few hundred years, warn some climate change analysts.
"We just sort of say, 'Oh yeah, don't worry about it, it'll never happen, it's just prediction'," Shawn Leahy told CTV News.
He's a regular on the dykes bordering the Straights of Georgia that run between B.C.'s lower mainland and Vancouver Island.
While the experts don't think anything will happen in the near term, they do predict the following:
Rising global temperatures are melting the polar ice caps, releasing water that had been stored as ice.
The ocean level will rise, flood the wetlands cover the dykes and submerge the homes those dykes currently protect.
As global warming turns much of the Lower Mainland into Atlantis, thousands of people will have to relocate.