With news over the last 16-months being dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis of global warming has taken a back seat.

Despite the focus being elsewhere, climate change continues to accelerate, and without action, will irreversibly effect the lives of everyone on the planet.

Last year was one of the three warmest years on record, according to a report released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in April 2020.

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Non-profit news organisation Climate Central, has highlighted the severity of rising by rising sea levels caused by the continued melting of the polar ice caps.

According to the organization, large parts of Merseyside will feel the devastating effects of climate change with coastal areas becoming submerged under sea level by 2050.

Climate Central claims the risk of flooding could be three times higher than previously predicted.

There are three main reasons why the sea rises in hotter temperatures.

Experts say causes of global warming by humans include burning fossil fuels - coal, gas and oil - factory farming and increasing livestock production and deforestation.

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Although these will be gradual changes that could take some years before they reach the levels shown on the map, once they are noticeable it will be too late to stop them.

Houses in Ellesmere Port affected by flooding
Houses in Ellesmere Port affected by flooding

Climate Central also predicts huge parts of Merseyside will be hit by annual coastal floods in the next 30 years.

The map shows the majority of the coastline will be underwater with large parts of Sefton, North and West Wirral, Widnes and Warrington entirely submerged.

It should be noted that these images are based on predictions if we make no cuts to emissions.

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The areas of Merseyside set to be underwater by 2050

Sefton

Large parts of Sefton will be entirely submerged
Large parts of Sefton will be entirely submerged

Sefton will be one of the worst affected areas of Merseyside if sea levels continue to rise. Coastal beauty spots from Crosby, right up to Formby and Southport will be unrecognisable as they are today.

What's more, areas further inland such as Maghull, Halsall and Banks will also feel the effects.

North Wirral

Areas of North Wirral affected by rising sea levels by 2050
Areas of North Wirral affected by rising sea levels by 2050

The face of Wirral's north coast will change with a continually warming climate as West Kirby, Hoylake, Meols and Leasowe will become swallowed by the tides. Both Hoylake and Royal Liverpool golf courses will be underwater according to predictions.

But rising sea levels will also affect towns inland as Moreton, Bidston and Birkenhead don't escape the catastrophic effects.

Liverpool docklands

The effects of rising tides on Liverpool's docklands
The effects of rising tides on Liverpool's docklands

Climate change will completely transform Liverpool's iconic docklands according to predictions, with the northern docks being particularly hard hit. From Vauxhall right up through Bootle, Seaforth and Waterloo.

Nelson and Bramley Moore dock would be at high risk, meaning the proposed site of Everton's new stadium could be submerged.

Widnes and Warrington

Predictions for rising sea levels by 2050 affecting Widnes and Warrington
Predictions for rising sea levels by 2050 affecting Widnes and Warrington

Areas of Halewood, Widnes, Runcorn and Warrington are predicted be underwater if the climate continues to warm without cuts to emissions.

Lower lying areas, particularly where the River Mersey narrows inland, would suffer the effects of flooding.