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Asian Cities Face Greatest Environmental Risks, Report Shows

Globally, 1.5 billion people live in cities that are at high risk from pollution, water shortages, extreme heat and natural hazards.

Jakarta, Indonesia.

Jakarta, Indonesia.

Photographer: Muhammad Fadli/Bloomberg

Asian cities face the greatest risk from environmental issues including air pollution and natural disasters, according to a report by research firm Verisk Maplecroft.

Of the 100 most vulnerable cities, 99 are in Asia, according to the report released on Thursday. Of those, 37 are in China and 43 are in India, the world’s first and third biggest emitters of greenhouse gases respectively. Globally, 1.5 billion people live in 414 cities that are at high risk from pollution, water shortages, extreme heat, natural hazards and the physical impacts of climate change.