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Future Sea Level Rise: Top 10 Countries In Danger

Future Sea Level Rise: Top 10 Countries In Danger

Antarctica and Greenland combined hold so
much ice that if it all melted, sea levels would rise by 80 meters, and they are melting,
faster and faster. New research published in the journal Science looked at four different
periods of warmth over the last 3 million years. It shows that minimum average global sea level
during each period was at least 6 meters higher than it is now. That’s bad news, and it
gets a lot worse, because over the next couple hundred years, we’re very likely to see
much warmer temperatures than anything experienced for millions of years on Earth. But to get
a little sense of just what we’re facing, instead of looking at the worst-case scenario
of 80 meter sea level rise, let’s just look into the future of a world we’re pretty
much locked into, where coastlines will be 6 meters higher than today. These are the top ten countries, according
to, ranked by the number of people currently living within 6 meters
of sea level: Of all the nations on this list — in terms
of the percentage of its population — the low lying Netherlands will be hit hardest
by rising seas, as 62% of the Dutch people currently live within the six meter zone. Brazil is the ninth most severely affected
country, with more than 45,000 square miles below the line. You can see how just a modest
6 meter rise expands Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay. Egypt’s Nile River Delta is already turning
into a saltwater wasteland because of rising sea levels. Soon, the ancient port city of
Alexandria will disappear under the Mediterranean. The U.S. is number seven. Its most populous
metropolitan area, New York, will see its coastline move in, especially in the boroughs
of Brooklyn and Queens, and parts of eastern New Jersey. Sixth on this list is the island nation of
Japan. Tokyo, the world’s most populous metropolitan area, will start to see large
areas overtaken by the rising Tokyo Bay. Bangladesh is the most densely populated country
— with a population over 10 million — in the world. Many of its 140 million people
live in the Ganges Delta, which will be heavily affected. Fourth worse-off is the archipelago nation
of Indonesia, with 10% of its current population living within 6 meters of sea level. Jakarta,
the capital, will be about half submerged. India, the world’s second most populous
country, will see the western peninsula of its most populous city, Mumbai, turn into
an island. Just 2% of the country lives in low lying areas, but that’s still 28 million
people. 36% of Vietnamese live on the coast. The country’s
southern tip, jutting out into the South China Sea and currently home to 8 million-man Ho
Chi Minh City, will no longer exist — unless you have scuba gear. And the most affected country is also the
most populous one. China currently has 85 million people living below the line, and
it’s most-populated city, Shanghai, will look like Venice in the future. The fact that some people living today are
going to see this future is staggering. But there still may be reasons to hope that this
6 meter rise may be the worst-case scenario, instead of the best. One is that since China
just became the world’s biggest emitter of CO2 emissions, the future is literally
in their hands if they want to minimize the catastrophe of their biggest cities being
wiped out and a mass exodus of tens of millions of their people going inland. The other possible silver lining is that this
amount of sea level rise could take more than a century, so there is a narrow window of
time to adapt and start planning for this new reality before it actually happens. If
we don’t, humanity is going to be completely overwhelmed by all the problems created by
climate change, and all the progress we’ve made could very well disappear along with
our coastlines. Like and share this video to help open other
people’s eyes about the staggering challenges climate change will bring. You can learn more
through the links to our sources below. This video was edited by Brendan Plank. For The
Daily Conversation, I’m Bryce Plank, thanks for watching.

100 comments on “Future Sea Level Rise: Top 10 Countries In Danger

    Let's build a high-rise on the ocean front property…. we won't worry about hurricanes or storms or levels of the ocean let's build it on the Sandy Beach

  2. Sea level rise is a hoax. Observing barometric pressure is largely ignored today. This goes back 150 years and the average reading is still the same: 29 to 31 inches of mercury. Also ignored is the 30% melt of the Arctic icecap in 2004. Average barometric pressure was the same that year. Where did all that water go? Into the clouds.

  3. Sea level has been rising at a rate of 1 – 2 mm per year for 8000 years. See any tide gauge data located where there is not also subsidence or other tectonic effects.

    The temperatures at Antarctic and Greenland today are -40C and -10C. Ice doesn't melt at these temperatures.

    Sea levels are not going to rise 6 meters anytime soon. 2mm per year means 20 cm per century.

    This article is climate alarmism based on junk science and should be censored.

  4. would you rather jump off the roof before this happens or drown when this happened tbh when i get the warning ill jump before it happenss i think plus will bahamas be underwater soon?

  5. The narrator doesn't understand the systemic approach that's been taken to virtually eliminate the threat of flooding in The Netherlands. Sea levels would have to rise by significantly (ten-fold) more than even the most pessimistic projections before it would form a seasonal problem.

    The problem of rising sea levels isn't so much the fact that sea water would spill over, as dunes and sea-dams are way too high for that to be a realistic scenario. The problem of rising sea levels arises from the additional stress on inland waterways. Contrary to the levies breaking in New Orleans however, where defences were built directly on the water line, instantly causing the water to move at ever increasing speeds, resulting in inevitable breaks at weak points at funnels such as bends, Dutch dikes are subtle inclines that allow for much greater volumes of water to be displaced at reasonable speeds. And even when these huge waterways fail to adequately counter large influxes through extensive rainfall, the entire country is designed to accommodate floodings. You'll find that the land behind dikes will generally be lower than the riverbase, after which there'll be a series of other dikes, encapsulating closed systems called polders so as to localise floodings in areas that would suffer virtually no economic cost, let alone threaten the loss of life.
    During periods of extreme flooding they'll actually purposely break the dikes in strategic places so as alleviate pressure and steer water away from critical areas.

    Think of it like dressing in layers in winter, or better yet, the way the space shuttle is insulated, or a lizard being able to regenerate its tale as a defence mechanism; instead of taking on the threat head on, you exploit its weaknesses. The weakness of water being that, as its danger is a result of pressure building up in finite cubed dimensions, an expansion its horizontal axis disapates its threat. That's why the tsunami in Japan was so catastrophic; the water had nowhere to go but up, gradually building up pressure till some link in the chain gave. This is where NL's flatness actually turns into a blessing in disguise, as as long as you divert water away from critical areas, it has loads of room to settle. In all honesty, I think that a very large number of cities around the world like New York and Hong Kong would suffer way more from rising sea levels.

  6. Sea level rise, contaminating land with salt water, reduces crop yields and living space.
    I'll give you to 2030 and all hell will breaking loose, But the 1% will still be in power as growth will be a thing of the past and extinction of man will be well on it's way.
    The animal with a brain screws everything up for greed.


  8. Keep in mind that equatorial waters are deeper than the rest of the ocean.. from centrifugal force so equatorial coastal cities will be the hardest impacted. 6 meter rise is a global average as well, which could mean that while in the Netherlands it rises by 6 meters, in equatorial waters it could rise dozen(s) of meters…

  9. I am in favor of global warming! It is as natural as evolution. The Earths climate has been changing since the first day the Earth came into existence. I don't care about humans having to move further inland. If global warming causes the extinction of humans I think this is great too. 99% of all species have gone extinct and I really don't care if humans go extinct.

    The Earth will recover in a mere few thousands years after humans are gone.

  10. Good video. However, it was odd that in the US, New York was chosen, even though it will not be the most affected.
    Southern Florida, Louisiana, and the entire Gulf Coast will be much more affected. More land, and more people will be underwater.

  11. Do you not know this has happened many times before…. It's not global warming that we create, its natural. It always happens. But the Carbon Dioxide does not help.

  12. So change is bad? Life must be a real disappointment for you. Did you know that CO2 in earth's atmosphere has been hundreds of times the level it is today? And did you know that earth has been through ice ages when CO2 was hundreds of times the levels it is today? How could that happen if CO2 heats the earth? It couldn't happen if CO2 heated the earth. But it does happen because CO2 doesn't heat the earth. Why don't you research the data yourself instead of listening to and believing every jerkoff you see on tv and stop peddling fear porn?

  13. Im very very shocked when my country the Philippines is not on the list even if we are an archipelago country, also what about the countries of the Pacific?

  14. There is no climate change. Farmers and gardeners still plant and harvest their crops the exact same time now as they did 150 years ago. The leaves on the trees still grow and freeze again the same as they ever did. The ducks and geese still migrate North and South the exact same as they ever did. Utility companies still dig in underground lines on the same schedule and the same depth as they ever did. Road builders still start in the spring and quit in the fall the exact same time as they ever did. Climate change is a way scam to get your money.

  15. Your wrong the Earth will freeze over we will not burn because God has already flooded and burned the Earth now what time is you freeze death

  16. 30M cubic KM of ice in the world, area of world's ocean is 510M sq KM; therefore 510 divided by 30 = 17; therefore 1000metres divided by 17 = 58.8 metres maximum sea level rise possible.

  17. I'm glad Australia is not in the list.
    Hey thailand should be in the list too, it'll sunk soon, bad news for thai citizens

  18. We all know Americans are dumb people..They don't know anything..where is The MALDIVES🇲🇻

  19. Most of us will either die or be very old by 2100. So why worry?
    Enjoy while you last and emit CO2 till you can't no more.

  20. jakarta must be the number 1 because it is sinking 25cm per year and as proof some of their community along the coastline is already underwater

  21. These are the places,landmarks that can flood if Antarctica melts
    10.French Quarter,Louisiana,USA
    8.Maldives(whole country)
    6.Saint Helena(while country)
    5.Islands of the caribbean
    2.Islands from Oceania(excluding PNG,NZ,and Australia)

    Welp at least im not from USA im in the Philippines

  22. Wow so most of the Co2 emmisions are from china then hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm lets make them switch to electric renewable energy so they can stop hiding in their masks from what they have done

  23. 1. Netherland
    2. Brazil
    3. Egypt
    4. U.S (New York and New Jersey)
    5. Japan (Tokyo)
    6. Bangladesh
    7. Indonesia (Jakarta)
    8. India (Mumbai)
    9. Vietnam
    10. China – Shanghai

  24. The Biggest con job since fossil fuels. 10 feet of snow last winter and still frost in mid April? Yeh sure. Had to burn 15 tons of wood to stay alive!!

  25. freaks out

    I liVe iN qUeEnS
    (I'm on my dad's account)
    edit: I just realised by that time I would live somewhere else

  26. Come on People lives in Bangladesh even don't care about it.We are going to under water.Why others country will think for us.

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