Researchers predict that the beaches will be gone in as soon as 50 years.
Coastal development is not only making beaches less accessible, it’s destroying the coast all together. Researchers in the U.K. and the U.S. warn that real estate development is slowly eroding shorelines around the world. In a new book called The Last Beach, professor Andrew Cooper of the University of Ulster and professor Orrin Pilkey of Duke University warn that the construction of sea walls around beach developements are impeding the natural movement of water and sand. Beaches act as a natural defense against the force of ocean waves. Sea walls, however, don’t absorb those forces as effectively as beaches do.