Top 20 Cities with Billions at Risk from Climate Change

By Eric Roston - 2012-07-06T03:32:54Z

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#20 Alexandria, Egypt


<strong>2005 assets at risk</strong>: $28.5 billion
<strong>2070 est. assets at risk:</strong> $563.3 billion
<strong>2005 population at risk:</strong> 1.3 million
<strong>2070 est. population at risk: </strong>4.4 million

The Nile Delta is home to rich, low-lying farmland, as well as tourism and shipping industries. Nearly half of all Alexandrians live on land that faces submersion risk in this century, according to a 2010 UN Development Program <a href="http://www.arab-hdr.org/publications/other/ahdrps/paper02-en.pdf">report</a> (PDF). Water could wash away a fifth of Alexandria's tourism business and half its industrial complexes, the report states.

The Egyptian National Assembly has moved to better manage its coastal zone and has initiated a climate-change-adaptation strategy to guide shoreline monitoring, defense against salt-water intrusion into freshwater bodies and agriculture, and physical barriers to sea-level rise itself, according to an <a href="http://www.eeaa.gov.eg/english/main/allinterviews.asp?Interview_ID=8">official account</a>.

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