Indonesia announced this week that they will relocate its capital from Jakarta. Why? Because the coastal city, home to 10 million people, is sinking, fast.

The fastest sinking city in the world

BBC last year declared that Jakarta is the fastest sinking city in the world. The city sank more than 10 feet in the past 30 years and by 2050, about 95% of North Jakarta will be submerged if the trend continues.

And the trend will probably stay that way. Because we’re not doing shit to curb carbon emission and the glaciers have already begun melting faster than scientists expected. Humans, because we’re idiots, stored radioactive materials (like, from Chernobyl nuclear plant) in the glaciers decades ago – those materials are now getting released as the ice melts away.

Coast to coast, humans are toast

Sorry about that. But the list of cities at risk of going underwater is long РMiami, New Orleans, Virginia Beach, San Diego, Houston, Tampa, Boston, Atlantic City, Mumbai, Calcutta, Shanghai, Lagos, Manila, Dhaka, Bangkok, Copenhagen, Tokyo, and London.

As seen in Jakarta’s case, the threat is real and it’s already affecting people here in America. Last year, NPR reported a story about a town called Del Mar near San Diego where the residents are forced to face the difficult question of whether to give up their million dollar houses or to stick it out until the sea really rises up to their doorsteps.

 

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