Climate change is forcing Asian cities to rethink their flood defences - In deep trouble

Rising sea levels are going to cause low lying cities much like my hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia to do one of two things: figure out a defense mechanism or move. Jakarta has chosen the move path, at least as it pertains to the capital city designation. Indonesia is spending $33bn to rebuild a new capital. What becomes of the current capital? More flooding. 

As the planet heats up, sea levels are rising. Heavy rainstorms are also becoming more frequent and tropical cyclones more intense. And Asia’s coastal cities are growing, even as the risk of flooding increases. The number of people living in flood plains in Asia is expected to more than double between 2000 and 2060.


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