Climate change: Bangkok, Amsterdam and Melbourne ‘face greatest global warming risk’ – Sky News
Bangkok, Amsterdam and Melbourne stand to be the cities most hit by climate change by 2050, according to new analysis.
Rising sea levels caused by an increase in global temperatures will hit Thailand’s capital harder than any other, the Nestpick 2050 Climate Change City Index says.
The impact will be nearly 100 times worse than other coastal cities like Oslo and St Petersburg, it said.
Amsterdam and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam face similar levels of impact, the study claims, which used a set of recognised coastal projections and climate risk analytics.
Cardiff was the fourth city most at risk from rising sea levels and London was the seventh, out of the 85 cities looked at.
Melbourne, meanwhile, faces the greatest threat from the increased need for and availability of water, Nestpick’s analysis found.
The study presents grim reading for residents of many countries, or visitors to them, where the climate already presents challenges.
Many countries that are already insufferably hot in summer face temperature rises that will make life outside air conditioned environments even tougher.
Nestpick says city planners will need to get to grips with the predicted changes in order to allow life to go on as normal.
Omer Kucukdere, the firm’s founder and CEO, said: “A number of the cities which will undergo the most drastic changes in climate over the next three decades… are some of the most popular destinations with expats and contractors looking for opportunities abroad.
“Millennials, Gen Z-ers and those even younger will increasingly need to keep climate change in mind when searching for the city they would like to eventually settle in.
“While the UK Environmental Agency is planning to spend billions to tackle flooding in London, and the Dutch have built the Maeslantkering storm surge barrier, many nations may not have the capital to put such expensive measures in place, or may not even support the idea of funding countermeasures in the first place.”
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The study found the city that faced the highest increase in temperature between now and 2050 was Ljubljana in Slovenia, where the average will rise by 3.53C.
But many major American and European cities were also in line for similar rises in temperature.
Several cities would see their climate type change altogether as a result of the temperature rise, with many seeing much more rain.