Oceans, in the case of rising waters, washed away 70 percent of the cities in Europe
All in the world are under threat at home 360 million people
Sea level rise threatens 70% of European cities, most of which is at a height not more than ten feet above the present sea level. These are the conclusions of the Special Adviser on Climate Change Andrew Steer of the World Bank, which he voiced the UN climate conference in Cancun, RIA Novosti reported.
— City — is a central element of climate change … 70% of European cities are highly vulnerable to sea level rise, — said Andrew Steer journalists, presenting the report of the World Bank.
He added that in China, in areas that are vulnerable at this point, 78 million people live, and all in the world — about 360 million.
In addition, said Andrew Steer, of themselves make a significant contribution to climate change. They account for 80% of energy consumed and 67% of total greenhouse gas emissions.
— Fifty largest cities in the world together are the second largest economy, behind only the United States … Emissions of the ten largest cities are about equal emissions of Japan, — said the representative of the World Bank.
According to the report, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions of the 50 largest cities in third place behind the U.S. and China, with the volume of emissions of 2.6 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent. However, some cities still showing positive trends in the management of the urban environment and environmental policy.
— Well-planned and effective city possible, but they can not come one step, so we must act now — concluded Andrew Steer.
These efficient cities of the World Bank include, in particular, Hong Kong, Paris, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, and London.
The report also states that for projects in urban areas is expected to spend up to 80% of financial aid, which in 2020 — according to the agreement reached at the Copenhagen summit in 2009 — should reach $ 100 billion.