Asian cities urged to bolster defence against rising seas

Major Asian cities – including Tokyo, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Shanghai – are most at risk from rising sea levels, researchers warned on Thursday, urging authorities to invest more in flood defences and plan to relocate assets and people.
A study by the UK-based risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft analysed 500 cities worldwide with more than one million residents and identified places likely to experience sea level rise of 67 centimetres to 2 metres (26-79 inches) by 2100, in line with scientific estimates if global warming increases at its current pace.
Some scientists and economists believe the survival of modern societies is at risk with the Earth on track for temperature rises.
The study found 11 of the 15 highest-risk cities are in Asia, with Dubai, Alexandria and New York also featuring.
Will Nichols, head of environment and climate change at Verisk Maplecroft – the firm which put together the report, talked to Al Jazeera.

– Subscribe to our channel:
– Follow us on Twitter:
– Find us on Facebook:
– Check our website:

#AlJazeeraEnglish #Asia #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming

In This Story: Climate Change

Climate Change is the name commonly given to the notion that the Earth is undergoing a changing climate as a result of human activity, including notable leaders, scientists and naturalists including Sir David Attenborough.

Climate change includes both the global warming driven by human emissions of greenhouse gases, and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns.

2 Recent Items: Climate Change

  • Great Barrier Reef shows signs of recovery after critically dangerous health assessment | ABC News
  • Climate change affecting record wildfire season
  • In This Story: Jakarta

    Jakarta, Indonesia‘s massive capital, sits on the northwest coast of the island of Java. A historic mix of cultures – Javanese, Malay, Chinese, Arab, Indian and European – has influenced its architecture, language and cuisine. The old town, Kota Tua, is home to Dutch colonial buildings, Glodok (Jakarta’s Chinatown) and the old port of Sunda Kelapa, where traditional wooden schooners dock.

    2 Recent Items: Jakarta

  • Indonesia volcano Mount Ili Lewotolok active for several days
  • China, Indonesia agree to directly trade using their currencies
  • In This Story: Shanghai

    Shanghai, on China’s central coast, is the country’s biggest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distinctive pink spheres. Sprawling Yu Garden has traditional pavilions, towers and ponds.

    3 Recent Items: Shanghai

  • China’s NIO Cuts EV Charging Time With Battery Swapping Technology
  • Shanghai marathon runs as scheduled as coronavirus pandemic cancels other races around the world
  • Tesla to start selling Shanghai-made Model Y – Technology
  • In This Story: Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan’s busy capital, mixes the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens.

    2 Recent Items: Tokyo

  • Tokyo Buddhist temple offers matchmaking services for Japanese singles
  • Japan to ease visitor restrictions for Olympics: report
  • Leave a Comment