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London named among 36 global cities that will be underwater first



In the shadow of impending climatic shifts, a revelation has emerged, foreboding the submergence of cities in the embrace of rising tides. Not far from our own thresholds, a metropolis that has stood the test of time teeters on the brink of becoming an aquatic relic. The specter of swelling seas encroaches globally, ushering in an era of inundation previously consigned to the realm of speculative fiction.

Matthew H. Mash, a visionary at the helm of The Swiftest, unveiled in 2022 a grim forecast for London, prophesying its descent into the depths as one of the inaugural casualties of this aqueous fate. His prognostications, a tapestry woven from the intricate data and narratives of Climate Central, Climate.gov, and the august Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, delineate a future where metropolises succumb to the aqueous embrace.

The precipice upon which these urban landscapes perch is delineated by a rise in sea levels by 1.5 meters, coupled with a temperature increase of three degrees Celsius. Such conditions portend the submersion of cities beneath the waves. Amidst the roster of 36, London emerges as the ninth most vulnerable, with its neighbor, Dublin, also ensnared in this watery fate at the twenty-third spot.


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Euromonitor's projections cast a somber shadow, with an estimated 226 million souls standing on the frontline of this encroaching deluge. The specter of rising seas looms larger with the unabated emission of greenhouse gases, potentially elevating sea levels by 2.5 meters by the century's twilight.

The list of cities poised on the cusp of this aquatic abyss encompasses:

1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Mumbai, India
3. New York City, USA
4. Osaka, Japan
5. Istanbul, Turkey
6. Kolkata, India
7. Bangkok, Thailand
8. Jakarta, Indonesia
9. London, United Kingdom
10. Dhaka, Bangladesh
11. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
12. San Francisco, USA
13. Miami, USA
14. Alexandria, Egypt
15. Sydney, Australia
16. Boston, USA
17. Lisbon, Portugal
18. Dubai, UAE
19. Vancouver, Canada
20. Abu Dhabi, UAE
21. Copenhagen, Denmark
22. New Orleans, USA
23. Dublin, Ireland
24. Honolulu, USA
25. Amsterdam, Netherlands
26. Cancun, Mexico
27. Venice, Italy
28. Charleston, USA
29. Macau, China
30. Male, Maldives
31. Long Beach, USA
32. Savannah, USA
33. Nassau, Bahamas
34. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
35. Cockburn Town, Turks and Caicos