A new Christian Aid report warns that coastal flooding can destroy the lives of a billion people worldwide by 2060 due to human-caused climate change. According to the authors, Miami, Kolkata and other American cities, India, China, and China are at greatest risk from severe flooding. According to the authors, the United Kingdom ranks amongst twenty-five of the most vulnerable coastlines in the world. As sea level rises, coastal flooding is expected to become more common. If climate change continues unchecked, large areas of London, East Anglia, and other parts of the UK could be submerged beneath several feet of water. According to the Report’s authors, “Although US coastal cities and China will suffer the greatest financial losses,” (Image: Wikipedia). The report, Act Now or Pay Later: Protecting billions of people living in coastal-threatened cities, warns that extreme weather, storm surges and rising sea levels will cause coastal flooding to more than one billion people by 2060.. The Report shows that the most vulnerable people in the most polluted countries are those living in the US, India, and China. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has provided forecasts for the year 2070,. According to the report, Kolkata in India and Mumbai in India with population 142_4 millions and 11.4,000,000 respectively are the top two cities most at risk from coastal flooding. As sea levels rise, London’s population will be unable to live in large parts of it. The highest-risk table places Miami at number 8 and seven other cities in Asia are among the top 7. 2070, The authors predicted that Miami would suffer huge financial losses due to coastal flooding. They also included a separate list of assets with $3.5 trillion. One trillion has twelve zeros, so Miami’s loss, if the prediction comes true, will be $3,500,000,000,000. Due to its position as the leader in carbon dioxide emissions per capita, the United States is likely to be hit hard. New York will suffer losses in excess of $2.1 trillion. 2070. Guangzhou is the most populous city in Guangdong, South China. It was once called Canton. Six of the 20 cities that are expected to experience the greatest financial loss globally are Chinese, while four of them are American. Report author Dr Alison Doig, who is Christian Aid’s Principal Climate Change Advisor, says these figures are a wake-up call ahead of next week’s World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul – 23-24 May. Doig expressed concern about the fate of urbanized coastal areas that are growing. “We face a head-on collision between climate change and coastal growth which increases coastal flooding.” If we don’t do anything, this perfect storm will cause severe financial and human tolls. While the economic cost of cities in wealthy countries is likely to be devastating, people who are more financially secure will have the option to move and get insurance coverage. These images depict ‘existing’ conditions along Miami’s coastline. The same image shows what that area would look like if the sea level rises by one metre. The light blue colouring on the right represents areas that have been flooded. Images courtesy of audubon.org. According to evidence, the poorest residents will be the hardest hit because they lack the best infrastructure and have no social or financial safety nets that can help them recover. Dr Doig said that there is hope for a reversal of this terrible vision of the future. Surprisingly, the countries that have high carbon emission levels are the ones most affected. We can start by speeding up the transition from dirty fossil fuels into the clean and renewable energy of the future. “We also have more options to help prepare for these types of events. Spending $1 on disaster prevention will save you $7 in the long-term. This is an easy investment. Metro Manila in the Philippines is located between the ocean and large lakes. It is also surrounded by complex rivers. It surges tremendously during the monsoons and typhoon season, which causes severe flooding in many urban areas. (Image: Christianaid.org.uk). Ban Ki-moon is the General Secretary of United Nationals. He has called for a 1% increase in the amount of aid that can be used to reduce disaster risks. The figure would rise to $1 billion. Christian Aid believes that the amount should increase by 5%. Dr. Doig stated that the extra billion would be used to protect the people of these cities and reduce the risk for coastal flooding. 2060.” This Report lists the countries with the highest number of people who live along exposed coasts. 2060. This list includes China, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Twenty-second is the United Kingdom. Dr. Doig stated that the UK has experienced recent winter flooding which left large areas of the country flooded. These figures prove that we must be cautious about more rain. “Unless we act on climate change, the people who live along our coasts will be more vulnerable to rising sea levels.” According to the Report, overall women are affected by climate-related catastrophes. The global economy could be devastated if New York and London, North America’s most important financial centers, were made uninhabitable by rising sea levels. Tokyo and Hong Kong, Asia’s financial centers of Asia, would be also badly affected. Climate change is not a abstract idea, as millions of people are already feeling it. The problem will only get worse for coastal residents. The increasing impact of climate change on humanitarian catastrophes and exacerbating them, particularly in coastal areas, will be a major factor. 55 percent of global residents lived in 2014, cities, compared with 34% and 1960.. The majority of urban growth has been in less developed regions around the globe. Experts predict that the majority of urban dwellers will live in cities by the end of next year even in poor countries. The majority of urban growth occurs along the coasts. These areas will soon be under greater pressure due to global warming, such as flooding, extreme weather and rising sea level. People living along coastal areas will have to figure out how they can survive as the water rises and floods their homes. We must act now to avoid a catastrophe that will not only claim many lives but will also destroy much of our civilisation and wealth over the years. Video
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