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.

To recover mental health in Denmark, ten years will be too long
October 19, 2022

“I felt like I was trapped inside a box – of just a black box. There were people around me and I couldn’t hear them. I couldn’t see them properly. I did nothing […] You’re just alone.”

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.

When clean air becomes a privilege: environmental injustice across Europe
September 22, 2022

The underprivileged are often more exposed to pollution either from the lack of policies that protect them from it or from actions by government authorities which increase their vulnerability to it.

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.

Individuals staring into their smartphone screens as their shadows show them with mops and brooms.
Behind the Scenes

Reporting migration as a human story: tips from our journalists

“I not only understand the circumstances that lead people to move abroad, but I also share their experiences, know the problems and processes they went through to come here, and because immigrants tend to build networks to provide help for each other,” Landivar notes.

A Black man stands in front of a club entrance where a sign says its K-hip hop night. Below that, a sign reads, "no foreigners, no Moroccans, Egyptias, Algerians"
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Interrupting racism in Korea

Can a three-letter word help us change our approach toward discrimination?

A Black man stands in front of a club entrance where a sign says its K-hip hop night. Below that, a sign reads, "no foreigners, no Moroccans, Egyptias, Algerians"
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“Heard” but not seen: Being Black in South Korea

Accordingly, for many nightclubs in Seoul, providing a foreigner-free experience is a selling point to attract customers, as a certain contingent of the clientele is more comfortable enjoying their night solely in the company of ethnic Koreans.

A hand grasping money hovers above a group of people reaching towards it in an abstract field with ribbons of color.
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Who moved my copper?

Zambia is a case in point. In 2020, the south African country was found to be a debt defaulter. The amount in question was 17 billion USD. But why is this happening to a country rich in copper and cobalt, two of the world’s most sought after metals?

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