Environment

Are Brazilian cities prepared for climate change?

Brazil is set to experience dramatic and disastrous changes in the future, whether it likes it or not

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Areas currently home to 1.4 million Brazilians will begin suffering from constant flooding, experts say. Photo: Raphael Alves/Amazônia Real

During our lifetime, climate change will reshape cities, economies, coastlines, and entire global regions. In some countries, the impact will be impossible to avoid. A 2019 Nature study forecasts that areas currently home to 1.4 million Brazilians will begin suffering from constant flooding, while areas occupied by another 1 million people could be permanently submerged as ocean levels continue to rise.

Since 2006, sea levels have risen at a rate of 3.6 millimeters a year. At this pace, seas will be over 1 meter higher by the end of the century.

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