Borth could be underwater within nine years, scientists have warned

A Welsh village could be under water in as little as nine years unless carbon emissions are reduced.

Borth, a village on the shores of Cardigan Bay, has a history of flooding and already has a system in place which warns residents of extreme weather.

Some scientists have predicted the village could be under water within as little as nine years unless action is taken on climate change.

One resident who fears there will be no future for her village, if the climate continues to change, is Kim Williams.

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She told ITV Wales’ Y Byd ar Bedwar programme that her community needed more than just improved infrastructure.

"We need help with storm boards or storm gates but this is just a plaster on a wound. It makes people feel better but the problem isn’t going away."

Kim added: “I don’t want to leave Borth, my heart is here. I have history here so I don’t want to move but we have to be realistic, things are going to change.

“The Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, Ceredigion Council, they have to start talking to people about how we’re going to live and where we’re going to live.

“Everybody who lives here loves living by the sea, we want to live by the sea. But what’s going to happen to us?”

Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Ceredigion Council's cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “The priority at the moment is to ensure things don’t get worse. But at the moment we’re looking to protect Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Llangrannog, Borth and Ynyslas, where the biggest threat will be over the next five, ten, fifteen years.”

Simulating the concerns for the coast, Dr Hywel Griffiths, a geographer from Aberystwyth University, said: "Welsh environment generally will be an environment of more extremes in the future towards the middle of this century.

"We’re likely to see more severe flooding, coastal and riverine flooding, more rainfall, but also more drought and heatwaves and the coast will change in response to that."

Borth, a village on the shores of Cardigan Bay, has a history of flooding.

Borth isn’t the only place in Wales which faces this kind of challenge.

Scientists from Climate Central have mapped the impact a rise in sea levels could have on different parts of Wales. The results show our seas could rise between two and seven feet over the coming 80 years.

Scientists have warned places like Cardiff could be underwater in years to come.

Should this happen, areas such as Cardiff and Swansea would be under water.

The Welsh Government has promised funding for new flood defences for at least 45,000 homes during the current term. They are also providing £36 million this year to local authorities and Natural Resources Wales.

But Kim doesn’t believe this will be sufficient if our climate continues to become more extreme. That’s why she travelled to Scotland to join protests in Glasgow, to send a message to conference leaders.

While participating in a march, Kim said: “It’s a bit overwhelming just to see everybody and so many different groups here, just to stand up and say ‘yes, things have to change’ and just being here feels massive.”

It remains unclear how successful COP26 will be in the battle against climate change. But for the sake of the residents of Borth and similar places across Wales, Kim hopes there will be a stern response to tackle one of the world’s most pressing issues.