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Sinking Santa Cruz: climate change threatens famed California beach town

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Erosion is gnawing away at a prized Santa Cruz road, and the famed surfing beaches it overlooks. Photograph: Alamy

The Guardian

The erosion gnawing away at a prized road, and the famed surfing beaches it overlooks, is emblematic of the relentless threat that climate change poses to California’s coastline. As the sea level rises and storms of growing strength smash into the coast, the golden sands and beach properties that have come to define the state are at risk.