Sinking cities increase impact of rising seasMarch 2021
The impact of rising sea levels will be higher than previously thought as coastal cities sink beneath their own weight, writes Bloomberg citing a report published in Nature Climate Change.
New Orleans and Shanghai are among coastal cities sinking because of the extraction of groundwater and other resources beneath them. The capital of Indonesia is being moved to Borneo in part because Jakarta is sinking due to groundwater extraction.
That’s happening at the same time as human-induced climate change is causing sea levels to rise. Governments can slow down how fast cities sink by regulating the extraction of resources from underground, Bloomberg reports.
About 58 percent of the world’s population lives in coastal cities.