Global warming could lead to many areas in the South West of England being consumed by the sea before 2050, according to a climate change study.

Climate Change Central is an independent organisation of scientists and journalists who have researched the change in our climate and the drastic impact it could have.

The organisation has developed an interactive map using current projections to show which areas could be lost to rising sea levels by 2050.

It should be noted the data is only a projection and the consequences of rising sea levels will be less severe if global temperatures are kept below one degree Celsius, claims the group.

The map shows that places such as Weston-Super Mare, Bridgwater and Burnham-on-Sea would be underwater if current trends persist.

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Moreover, parts of Bristol including the Temple Meads area of the city would be consumed by rising sea levels.

Moving slightly north, Gloucester would be another city that would be affected.

The cathedral that attracts hundreds of tourists would be lost.

Glastonbury could also be a victim, meaning that the popular music festival would no longer be a fixture.

Climate Central admits the calculations that have led to fears of a nightmare scenario include "some error".

It says: "These maps incorporate big datasets, which always include some error. These maps should be regarded as screening tools to identify places that may require deeper investigation of risk.

"Our maps are not based on physical storm and flood simulations and do not take into account factors such as erosion, future changes in the frequency or intensity of storms, inland flooding, or contributions from rainfall or rivers."