Photo: Rising Seas Threaten China's Sinking Coastal Cities



Situated at the Chang Jiang (Yangtze River) delta, Shanghai—pictured here in October 2001— was singled out this week in a report on the threat to China's coast posed by rising sea waters.

China's coastal, urban areas—like Shanghai—have been sinking, the report said, as the shallow water tables they sit on collapse after decades of overuse.

This has compounded the global problem of rising seas that is resulting from the melting of glaciers and other ice sources, the report said.

Photograph by Greg Baker/AP


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