Essay | Shanghai’s 25 million people face an underwater future

A warmly lit white building over a city street at night.

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When I was little, my grandma told me that the city’s name “Shanghai” was derived from its location. In Chinese, “Shanghai” means “above the sea.”  As a city located in central East China, Shanghai seized its geographical advantages and transformed itself into China’s financial and cultural hub. However, with the exacerbation of climate change globally, rising sea levels create a problem in terms of the location of Shanghai and pose sinking threats to its 25 million residents.

25 million people face an underwater future

Editor’s note: Check back each day during COP26 for more pieces in Planet Forward’s Climate Hits Home series.

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