Can cities be saved from rising sea levels?
MANY OF THE worlds most important urban areas are on coastlines or rivers, putting them at risk of rising sea levels. Rapid urbanisation and climate change are conspiring to make this threat more urgent. How can cities adapt to avoid catastrophe? The Economists Benjamin Sutherland explores how well new flood defences work in Venice and why Venetians are pondering raising the citys foundations. Alizee Jean-Baptiste, The Economists Asia podcast producer, visits Jakarta, to investigate why Indonesias government is choosing to build an entirely new capital city, in a new location, in their attempt to adapt to future flooding. Plus, Catherine Brahic, our environment editor, explores the political and economic considerations needed to save cities. Alok Jha, The Economists science and technology editor, hosts. Runtime: 43 min For full access to The Economists print, digital and audio editions subscribe at economist.com/podcastoffer and sign up for our weekly science newsletter at economist.com/simplyscience. Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google | Stitcher | TuneIn