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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 11, December 2007 - January 2008

ICLEI Members on list of mega-cities threatened by sea level rise

The Worldwatch Institute has determined that 21 of the 33 cities around the world predicted to have at least eight million people by 2014 are highly vulnerable to the danger of rising seas and other disasters related to climate change.

ICLEI Members that are on the list are Bangkok (Thailand), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Los Angeles and New York (U.S.A.), Osaka-Kobe (Japan), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

The other cities are:  Alexandria (Egypt), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Jakarta (Indonesia), Karachi (Pakistan), Kolkata and Mumbai (India), Lagos (Nigeria), Shanghai and Tianjin (China), and Tokyo (Japan).
More than one-tenth of the world’s population, or 643 million people, live in low-lying areas at risk from climate change, report U.S. and European experts.

Source:  “Rising seas threaten 21 mega-cities”, Associated Press, 20 October 2007.10.30