Magazine article Geographical

Sea World

Magazine article Geographical

Sea World

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There's an interactive map of just how much land will be lost as global sea levels rise at geology.com/sea-level-rise that makes for a sobering few minutes of play. It's well known that in the western world, Miami is likely to be one of the first major metropolises to disappear completely with New York close behind. Closer to home, the Netherlands is the country most at risk in terms of the amount of its population that could be left without land to live on (nearly 50 per cent).

Simply ignoring the issue isn't a particularly effective way to deal with the problem, yet as Melody Kemp discovers this month in the first of her two-part report into how melting ice caps and sea level rise is affecting parts of Southeast Asia (see page 46), that appears to be the direction being taken by governing bodies in Jakarta and Bangkok. Cursory nods towards ill thought through 'sea walls' do little to inspire confidence and the impression that unless something directly impacts those in power or with money nothing will be taken seriously is prevalent in the region. …

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