sinking cities

Coastal Confessions’ writers travel the globe for unique images and stories highlighting the beauty and vulnerabilities of the world’s coastal communities.

Rising Sea Levels

Glacier melt across the world has accelerated over the past two decades. The resulting melt water accounted for 21% of global sea-level rise over the same period.

Global sea levels are rising and without protections, some of the world’s greatest cities could be underwater by the end of the century.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasts that by 2099, sea levels could rise by 1.1 meters, and severe flooding will become a regular occurrence.

Recently, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2020 warned that because of the accelerated polar ice caps melts, the number of people vulnerable to rising sea levels was three times higher than the previous estimate – 190 million.

Existing flood defenses will not be enough.

Coastal Confessions Writers Focus on Coastline Preservation

Coastal communities around the world are vulnerable to severe weather.

Sinking cities

Jakarta is the fastest sinking city on the planet.

Bangkok is sinking. and expected to be underwater by 2050.

And half a world away, New Orleans is also sinking – up to 40 millimeters a year.

Also, Venice is also sinking. The famed Italian city is built on 120 low-lying islands. Its buildings are underpinned by wooden piles sunk into the sediment. Currently, the city is sinking 1 millimeter a year.

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