40 million Indians at risk from rising sea levels : UNEP

Posted on:24 May 2016 14:45:08

40 million Indians at risk from rising sea levels : UNEP
24 May 2016 Current Affairs: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the third week of May 2016 released a report titled Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Regional assessment for Asia and the Pacific.

As per the report, nearly 40 million Indians will be at risk from rising sea levels by 2050.

Highlights of the report : The worst impacts of climate change are projected to occur in the Pacific and South and South-East Asia.Settlement patterns, urbanisation and socio-economic status in Asia have influenced observed trends in vulnerability and exposure to climate extremes. By 2050, seven of the 10 most vulnerable countries worldwide will be in the Asia Pacific region. In 2011, six of the ten countries most vulnerable to climate change worldwide were in Asia and the Pacific.By 2050, areas of storm surge zones are expected for Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, with a combined total of over 58 million people at risk.India tops the chart with nearly 40 million people in the country projected to be at risk from rising sea levels.Mumbai and Kolkata have the maximum exposure to coastal flooding in future due to rapid urbanisation and economic growth.


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