The governor of Hawaii recently declared a state of emergency as multiple islands continued to experience catastrophic flood levels. According to NPR reports, severe weather was to blame for temporary evacuations, extreme damage to homes and road closures. What some are saying was the worst weather event of the last 25 years, the storm also threatened the Kaupakalua Dam — one of the oldest agricultural dams on the island of Maui.
With global temperatures and sea levels rising, water is a serious threat to many coastal areas around the globe. Scientists are warning that many cities are actually sinking and might soon be gone if change isn’t made.
According to the World Economic Forum, there are 11 cities that are in danger of disappearing by 2100. U.S. cities that made the list are Houston, Texas (third), Virginia Beach, Virginia (sixth), New Orleans, Louisiana (eighth) and Miami, Florida (eleventh).
Also on the list is Bangkok, Thailand, coming in at No. 7. This was particularly interesting because of what one expert shared in her Ted Talk. Landscape architect and TED Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom, shared how Bangkok, a once porus, architectural land has slowly transitioned over the years into a concrete jungle, where water has nowhere to go. After even just 30 minutes of rain, roads are flooded and aquatic life can find itself competing for space on busy roads.
In response to water threats, Voraakhom shows how she developed a massive park in Bangkok that can hold a million gallons of rainwater. Solutions like this have experts calling for more climate change solutions that connect cities back to nature.