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Climate change to increase coastal damage by extreme waves

Prediction of higher storm waves ‘presents another strong case for reduction of emissions’

The frequency of larger, more extreme storm waves will increase by 10 per cent in the Southern Ocean if the world’s greenhouse emissions are not curbed, a University of Melbourne data modelling study has found.

It says these changes in wave height will lead to shoreline erosion and coastal flooding for areas of Australia, New Zealand and South America.

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