15 February 2019

Rising seas herald tide of relocation for China, Kyodo says

More than one million people in China, Japan, South Korea and Mongolia will have to move by 2050 if measures are not taken to counter rising sea levels caused by climate change, Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday, citing a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Up to 102 square kilometres of land in China could be submerged by rising seas between 2010 and 2050, forcing 1.05 million people to relocate, the ADB said, compared with 64,000 people in Japan. ADB estimates that countries in East Asia will need to spend US$36.6 billion a year by 2050, or 0.3 percent of the region’s GDP, to fortify roads, buildings and seawalls to lessen loss, the report said.

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