Large coastal cities in perilous path of climate-change juggernaut

Wed, 2007-03-28 10:45Bill Miller
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Large coastal cities in perilous path of climate-change juggernaut

The study, by researchers at Columbia University's Centre for International Earth Sciences Information Network and the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development, is the first of its kind.

To be published in the peer-reviewed journal Environment and Urbanisation, the study assesses risks to populations and urban settlements along coastal areas less than 10 metres above sea level. Although this accounts for only two percent of the world's land area, it contains 10 percent of the world's population and 13 percent of the world's urban population.

“Of the more than 180 countries with populations in the low-elevation coastal zone, 130 of them – about 70 percent – have their largest urban area extending into that zone,” said Bridget Andersen, a research associate at CIESIN. “Furthermore, the world's largest cities – those with more than five million residents – have on average one-fifth of their population and one-sixth of their land area within this coastal zone.”

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I followed the link and got an article at peopleandplanet.net called “Global warming study warns of vanishing climates”.
“Now, thanks to Google’s mapping API and the ingenuity of one Alex Tingle, we have Flood Maps, where you can view any part of the world and raise the sea level in 1 meter increments, up to 14 meters (about 46 feet).” http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2007/3/27/145357/269
Thanks! Looks like I'm safe at any sea-level rise, but one of my co-workers is underwater at the 1m mark!
I’m probably not going too far out on a limb to say that your short co-worker will likely die of old age a very looooong time before he ever dies of drowning.

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