Waste washed out

A new study from the UK suggests that flooding, rising sea levels and storm surges could lead to the release of hazardous and potentially toxic chemicals from coast landfill sites given that modern regulations on recycling and safe disposal of metals, asbestos and other harmful waste were not in place at the time and older sites could hold all manner of problematic substances. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London explain that there are 1264 historical landfill sites in England and Wales that lie near the coast and well within the UK's Environment Agency’s Tidal Flood Zone 3. Erosion or tidal flooding could lead to the breaking open of these old landfill sites and the release of material that would take coastal waters and margins above tolerated environmental safety limits. The same problem should concern authorities around the world in the face of climate change.