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Sinking Bangkok Among Cities To Be Hardest Hit By Climate Change

Sep 09, 2018 Picture:  As Bangkok prepares to host climate change talks, the Global Warming and Climate Change Conference from October 4-5, experts once again remind that unchecked urbanisation and eroding shorelines will leave the city itself and its residents in a critical situation in the not so distant future. The sprawling metropolis of more than ten million people is itself under siege from the environment, with dire forecasts warning it could be partially submerged in just over a decade. Bangkok, built on once-marshy land about 1.5 meters above sea level, is projected to be one of the world’s hardest hit urban areas, alongside fellow Southeast Asian behemoths Jakarta and Manila. “Nearly 40 per cent” of Bangkok will be inundated by as early as 2030 due to extreme rainfall and changes in weather patterns, according to a World Bank report. Currently, the capital “is sinking one to two centimeters...

 

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