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Instead of costly levees and seawalls, coastal ecosystems could offer an alternative way to protect Australia's coastal communities from rising seas, saving money and storing carbon along the way. Sea levels around Australia are likely to rise 40 cm and up to 60 cm by 2100, driven by rising temperatures and melting ice-caps. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on climate impacts and vulnerability shows more people will be at risk of flooding as a result of sea level rise. The report also focuses heavily on adaptation, and coasts show just how that might work.