Climate change threatens China’s booming coastal cities, says expert

Climate change threatens China’s booming coastal cities, says expert

July 25, 2015 4:26 AM (UTC+8)

 

(The Guardian)

A recent study led by Georgina Mace, ecosystem professor at University College London, indicated that governments across the world have failed to grasp the risk that population booms in coastal cities pose as climate change continues to cause rises in sea levels and extreme weather events. Mace is director of the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research.

Shanghai is now facing the problem of a rapidly ageing society
Shanghai is facing the problem of a rapidly ageing population vulnerable to extreme weather

Mace says population growth in coastal areas can lead to big increases in exposure to extreme weather. The biggest direct effect of projected climate change is heat waves. The number of people dying from extreme heat could increase twelvefold by the end of this century, as a result of global warming combined with increasing numbers living in affected areas.

“People are increasingly living in the wrong places, and the demographic shift in China is enormous. China has a lot of old people who are vulnerable to extreme weather,” says Mace. Read more

 

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