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Dhaka tops list of cities facing highest climate change risk

India,Environment/Wildlife,Indo-Pak/Pakistan, Fri, 16 Nov 2012 IANS

Dhaka, Nov 16 (IANS) The Bangladesh capital has topped a list of cities facing the highest climate change risks in the coming years. Kolkata came seventh, Mumbai eighth while Delhi was in the 20th position.

The ranking of 50 cities was done by Maplecroft, a British firm specialising in risk analysis, the Daily Star reported. The cities were chosen for their current and future importance in global business.

Maplecroft's Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) classified seven cities as facing "extreme risk".

Manila was ranked second, while Bangkok, Yangon, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City came third, fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

The report looked at exposure to extreme weather such as droughts, cyclones, wildfires and storms, which translate into water stress, loss of crops and land lost to the sea.

A further 19 cities were classed as facing "high risk". These include Lagos, Nigeria (10); Johannesburg, South Africa (13); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (21); Hong Kong (14), Guangzhou (18), Shenzhen (19), Wuhan (23) and Shanghai in China (24).

Chicago, London, St. Petersburg, Paris and Madrid are the only five cities classified as "low risk".

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