A report from the investment bank Goldman Sachs claims that climate change is putting the world’s cities in danger.
According to the report, 55 percent of the global population – i.e. about 4.2 billion people – live in cities worldwide. The number of city dwellers is rising continuously: according to a UN estimate, 6.7 billion people will live in cities by 2050.
Due to their characteristics, cities are highly vulnerable in a number of ways: metropolises are usually warmer than the surrounding countryside; this results in more storms and more frequent rains, which doesn’t only make life more difficult for residents, it also often has a negative impact on economic processes.
Some cities (for instance New York and Manila) have already began to prepare for the worst due to recent disasters. The report continuously emphasises the importance of cooperation: they believe that international programmes and financing would be required, as climate change has no regard for national borders: global warming is a shared problem of all the planet’s residents.
The news about climate refugees are alternating sequences of frightening numbers and apocalyptic landscapes that obscure the real face of the problem: the disfigured human fates.
More than a quarter of all mammals are threatened with extinction.
Between 1 May and 30 August, higher than ever temperatures have been measured in 29 countries, on almost 400 occasions in the Northern Hemisphere.
The French falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers has surveyed the glaciers of the Alps using a camera attached to a white-tailed eagle.
The ice floe that the German research boat will be attached to as it drifts around the Arctic for almost a year on the most important Arctic expedition ever has been selected.
Data from European climate researchers indicates that this year’s was the warmest September since the Copernicus Climate Change Service began keeping regular records of meteorological data in 1981.
If the current trend continues, oceanic wildlife is in grave danger.
The most spectacular effects of climate change are associated with waters: as a result of global warming, glaciers melt, oceans rise, greater and greater floods threaten coast dwellers, while elsewhere, drought, desertification and water shortages cause great problems, as shown in these shocking photos.
The winning photos of the Ciwem Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019 Awards are painful reminders of the consequences of climate change and environmental destruction.
The unfavourable effects of global warming are already placing a significant burden on people’s health all around the world.