The prognosis for the Gulf of Thailand is bleak. If ocean levels rise as expected, large parts of Bangkok will be under water. The last hope is new technical innovations, which are arriving faster than the rising waters.
Some five kilometers from mainland Germany, 10 patches of marshland known as the Hallig islands are at risk from rising sea levels. Regular flooding could help them survive.
Wildfires across the world, Arctic ice rapidly melting, seas rising, habitat loss — 2019 bore bad news for the climate. But it was also the year millions of people were galvanized into action.
In Jaruwan Khammuang's home village, leftover straw from the harvest was often burned. The young entrepreneur saw an opportunity to create green products from the waste — such as tableware.
Climate change exacerbates inequalities, not only in poor, developing countries, but also in industrialized, wealthy ones. The poor should be given special importance when planning, experts say.
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