Karachi: Fighting an unfolding climate apocalypse
October 25, 2022

In 2021, residents along the Gujjar nullah in Karachi saw their houses unceremoniously destroyed as “encroachments” to the city’s drainage. Now, a grassroots movement is fighting for climate solutions that will help everyone in the city by the sea – not just the wealthy.

Dhaka: A Refuge that Needs to be Rescued
October 25, 2022

With homes swallowed by floodwaters and river erosion, migrants from different parts of Bangladesh have opted to move to the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong for ‘safer ground.’ But these options for ‘safer’ ground are also sinking.

Glossary
October 25, 2022

Frequently used terms for the Sinking Cities Project, and where to learn more.

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Editorial Note
October 24, 2022

Their stories are meant to help break the illusion of gradual, natural change and uncloak what is happening to coastal cities for what it is: a deeply social, cultural and political phenomenon that is inextricably linked with actions humans take now.

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Rotterdam: A bastion against rising sea, for now
October 20, 2022

Thanks to the city’s efforts toward climate adaptation and decades-old engineering works, Rotterdam does not have to worry about climate change until the end of the century. Yet, as the city develops, any mistake in flood defence planning becomes more costly.

Dublin: Clash of priorities around the coast
October 19, 2022

The challenges faced in Clontarf in Dublin are likely to be mirrored across Ireland in the coming years, as coastal communities and the state grapple with how to protect against flood risk, while also preserving much-loved environments.

Alexandria: Layers of history, levels of threat
October 19, 2022

For thousands of years, cultural hub Alexandria, Egypt has been at a geographical crossroads that puts it at risk from earthquakes and extreme weather events. Now, with massive real estate ventures underway, researchers say the government should look to the city’s past in preparation for the future.

Lagos : Profits over preparation
October 17, 2022

Lagos, Nigeria is positioned to become West Africa’s economic hub for the 21st century. But boundless economic and physical growth at the expense of protective wetlands puts the entire city at risk of climate disaster.

Category: Sinking Cities

Waves loom over the city of Karachi, illustration by Walker Gawande
Sinking Cities

Karachi: Fighting an unfolding climate apocalypse

In 2021, residents along the Gujjar nullah in Karachi saw their houses unceremoniously destroyed as “encroachments” to the city’s drainage. Now, a grassroots movement is fighting for climate solutions that will help everyone in the city by the sea – not just the wealthy.

People on a boat escape a larger looming wave in Dhaka
Sinking Cities

Dhaka: A Refuge that Needs to be Rescued

With homes swallowed by floodwaters and river erosion, migrants from different parts of Bangladesh have opted to move to the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong for ‘safer ground.’ But these options for ‘safer’ ground are also sinking.

Sinking Cities

Glossary

Frequently used terms for the Sinking Cities Project, and where to learn more.

Sinking Cities

Editorial Note

Their stories are meant to help break the illusion of gradual, natural change and uncloak what is happening to coastal cities for what it is: a deeply social, cultural and political phenomenon that is inextricably linked with actions humans take now.

Wave rush against a city protected by a giant, fortress-like gate in this image by Walker Gawande
Sinking Cities

Rotterdam: A bastion against rising sea, for now

Thanks to the city’s efforts toward climate adaptation and decades-old engineering works, Rotterdam does not have to worry about climate change until the end of the century. Yet, as the city develops, any mistake in flood defence planning becomes more costly.

An elderly man stands on a residential beach walkway, while a wave comes towards him, illustration by Walker Gawande
Sinking Cities

Dublin: Clash of priorities around the coast

The challenges faced in Clontarf in Dublin are likely to be mirrored across Ireland in the coming years, as coastal communities and the state grapple with how to protect against flood risk, while also preserving much-loved environments.

An underwater city is seen from eye-level in Alexandria, Egypy
Sinking Cities

Alexandria: Layers of history, levels of threat

For thousands of years, cultural hub Alexandria, Egypt has been at a geographical crossroads that puts it at risk from earthquakes and extreme weather events. Now, with massive real estate ventures underway, researchers say the government should look to the city’s past in preparation for the future.

A man and his child try to stop water from pouring in in Lagos Nigeria, illustration by Walker Gawande
Sinking Cities

Lagos : Profits over preparation

Lagos, Nigeria is positioned to become West Africa’s economic hub for the 21st century. But boundless economic and physical growth at the expense of protective wetlands puts the entire city at risk of climate disaster.

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