BBC News, 16th January 2008
Climate change is having a major impact on Britain's coast, the seas around the coast, and the life in those seas, a government-sponsored report concludes.
The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) says seas are becoming more violent, causing coastal erosion and a higher risk of flooding.
Higher CO2 levels in the atmosphere are making oceans warmer and more acidic, affecting plankton, fish and birds.
2006 was the second warmest year in coastal waters since records began.
"Our seas play a vital role in regulating our climate and are a lifeline for the communities that live around them," said Scotland's Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead.
"Our marine life is now having to cope with these as well as other pressures, and is beginning to suffer as a result."
The increasing choppiness of coastal waters means that 17% of Britain's coastline is being eroded.
England is feeling the impact most, with 30% of its coast affected, compared to 23% for Wales and 12% in Scotland.