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Coastal survey finds limited awareness of climate impacts

A university survey of more than 1,000 coastal businesses, councils and residents in New South Wales has found that around 50 per cent do not think that rising sea levels will affect them.

The University of New South Wales in Sydney conducted the My Coast survey in 2017 and 2018 to collect data for coastal management programmes on erosion, storm damage and tidal flooding.

A quarter of staff working at motels, holiday rentals and other coastal accommodation businesses told the survey that they did not know if sea level rise was occurring.

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