This article discusses how 10 major cities could become unlivable within 80 years because of climate change.
- As global temperatures and sea levels rise, some of the world’s major cities could experience unbearable living conditions.
- Cities like Chicago and New Delhi have already endured fatal heat waves, which could get worse in the future.
- While climate scientists don’t anticipate any location will becomefully uninhabitable, they worry that some areas will struggle to support human life.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted that global temperatures could rise 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels — the threshold for severe effects of climate change — by 2040. By the turn of the century, temperatures could climb even higher, spelling disaster in some areas.
In a study published in 2016 in the journal Nature Climate Change, Mathew Hauer looked at the risk of sea-level rise in the continental US.