Sea lev­els ris­ing faster, In­dian ci­ties at high flood risk: IPCC

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - Vishwa.Mo­han

New Delhi: Four In­dian coastal ci­ties — Kolkata, Mum­bai, Su­rat and Chen­nai — will be se­verely threat­ened due to sea level rise while sev­eral oth­ers in the north In­dia will be ex­posed to acute wa­ter cri­sis due to melt­ing of Hi­malayan glaciers by the end of the cen­tury, a UN body on cli­mate change hinted on Wednes­day.

Sea lev­els, ris­ing faster than ever be­fore, are on course to rise one me­tre higher due to melt­ing of ice in the busi­ness-as-usual sce­nario by 2100, se­verely af­fect­ing over 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple glob­ally, a spe­cial re­port on “oceans and cryosphere” re­leased by the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) warned on Wednes­day.

Four In­dian ci­ties are among 45 such coastal port ci­ties glob­ally where even an in­crease of sea level by 50cm will lead to flood­ing. In fact, the ex­treme sea level events that used to hap­pen once a cen­tury in the past will oc­cur ev­ery year by mid-cen­tury in many re­gions, in­creas­ing risks for many low-ly­ing coastal ci­ties and small is­lands.

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