Undersea kingdom: Bangkok to sink beneath the waves

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that Bangkok will go underwater as low-lying communities and full countries disappear beneath rising seas.
According to Al Jazeera, Guterres warned of the menace posed by rising sea levels to hundreds of millions of individuals residing in low-lying coastal areas and small island states as new data reveals seas have risen rapidly since 1900.
Guterres said nations such as Thailand, Bangladesh, and the Netherlands were threatened by the devastating loss of land with big cities corresponding to Bangkok, London, and Shanghai set to vanish completely. Shockingly, this was the primary UN Security Council debate on rising sea ranges.
Guterres said…
“The danger is very acute for nearly 900 million individuals who reside in coastal zones at low elevations — that’s one out of 10 folks on Earth.”
Climate change is heating the planet and melting glaciers and ice sheets which, according to NASA, resulted in Antarctica shedding some one hundred fifty billion tons of ice mass each year on common, Guterres stated. Greenland’s ice cap is shrinking even faster and dropping 270 billion tons per yr.
Guterres said…
“The global ocean has warmed faster over the past century than at any time in the past 11,000 years.
“Our world is hurtling previous the 1.5-degree warming restrict that a liveable future requires and, with present policies, is careening towards 2.8 degrees – a demise sentence for susceptible countries.”
Developing international locations, specifically, will must have the sources to adapt to a quickly changing world and meaning guaranteeing the US$100 billion local weather commitment to developing countries is delivered.
The UN chief provided examples of communities and countries stretching from the Pacific to the Himalayan river basins.
Ice melting in the Himalayas has already worsened flooding in Pakistan, he said. But as the Himalayan glaciers recede in the coming decades, the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra rivers will shrink. Confidential of millions of people residing within the river basins of the Himalayas will undergo the results of both rising sea ranges and the intrusion of saltwater.
Bangkok will go underwater, not simply because of rising sea ranges, but, much like Shanghai, because of the large weight of buildings bearing down on what is, primarily, a swamp.
Guterres said…
“We see similar threats within the Mekong Delta and beyond. The consequences of all of this are unthinkable. Low-lying communities and whole countries may disappear endlessly. We would witness a mass exodus of complete populations on a biblical scale.”
With rising sea ranges creating new arenas for conflict as competitors for freshwater sources and land intensifies, the secretary general stated the local weather crisis needs to be addressed at its root cause: reducing emissions. Development is not the answer. Development is the cause for the issues.
Understanding the link between climate and human rights provisions is also wanted, notably to deal with the displacement of individuals and lack of territories.
Guterres said…
“People’s human rights don’t disappear because their houses do.”
The meeting of the Security Council heard speakers from some 75 nations, all voicing concern about the effect of rising sea waters, the Associated Press reported..

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