Greenpeace has issued a dramatic statement on Tuesday that a number of popular coastal town in Spain could disappear this century, if we fail to prevent the melting of the Arctic and curb climate change.

Amongst those places at risk of being completely wiped out, according to Greenpeace, are Marbella in Málaga, Benidorm in Alicante, la playa de La Concha in San Sebastián and La Manga del Mar Menor in Murcia.

The report, which coincides with the celebration of “Earth Day”, focuses on how the ignorance and neglect of an area under extreme threat, the Arctic, can impact on the rest of the world, in this case, Spain.

Spokesperson for Greenpeace, Pilar Marcos, explained that just a one centimetre rise in sea levels equals one meter of beach and, according to estimates based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates, if no action is taken, the Mediterranean at the end of this century could have risen by about a half metre, which in turn means a regression of the coastline of 500 meters in land.

Despite mentioning some of the most popular places known internationally on the coastline, the same would apply to places like Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa, as well as cities including Alicante.

Therefore, Greenpeace are calling on the Government of Mariano Rajoy to join in the campaign of saving the Arctic, and position Spain, “In favour of creating a sanctuary in the high Arctic where oil exploration and fishing is banned”.

Mario Rodríguez, the executive director of Greenpeace, explained that “Little time remains to make decisions”, as the Arctic is melting twice as fast as the rest of the planet and in the last four years has lost polar ice equivalent to three times the size of Spain.

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