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1/22/2008

Climate change threatens N. Ireland's Giant's Causeway

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Ireland
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BELFAST (AFP) - The Giant's Causeway, the spectacular rock formation on the Northern Irish coast, could soon become difficult to access due to climate change, a report warned Tuesday.

The iconic world heritage site, one of the province's biggest tourist attractions, will be under threat if sea levels rise and storms worsen, said the National Trust conservation organisation, which owns and manages the site.

The report warned that the site was at risk from coastal erosion and flooding over this century.

"In the short term (2020) increasing storminess would require increasingly rigorous hazard management, while in the medium term (2050-2080) slope instability and cliff retreat increase," the report said.

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