Monday, October 22, 2007

"mega-cities" in danger from rising seas

21 "mega-cities" in danger from rising seas
Posted by Cory Doctorow, October 21, 2007 10:16 AM Post from boingboing.net

The nonprofit Worldwatch Institute has released a list of 21 "mega-cities" of 8 million people or more that are in direct danger as a result of global warming and rising seas:
They include Dhaka, Bangladesh; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Shanghai and Tianjin in China; Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt; Mumbai and Kolkata in India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Tokyo and Osaka-Kobe in Japan; Lagos, Nigeria; Karachi, Pakistan; Bangkok, Thailand, and New York and Los Angeles in the United States, according to studies by the United Nations and others.
More than one-tenth of the world's population, or 643 million people, live in low-lying areas at risk from climate change, say U.S. and European experts. Most imperiled, in descending order, are China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Egypt, the U.S., Thailand and the Philippines.

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