Scorched Earth Cities Seek to Protect Themselves from Climate Change

The consequences of global warming have long since become tangible in the form of heat waves, floods and droughts. Many cities are taking proactive measures to avoid the direst consequences, but things could get worse. A lot worse. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Droughts have become a fact of life in many parts of Australia, such as here in New South Wales.

Droughts have become a fact of life in many parts of Australia, such as here in New South Wales.

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The effects of climate change can now be felt in all parts of the world. India this year saw more severe flooding than usual.

The effects of climate change can now be felt in all parts of the world. India this year saw more severe flooding than usual.

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Some of the most dramatic effects of climate change can be seen in the Arctic, where temperatures are rising faster than elsewhere.

Some of the most dramatic effects of climate change can be seen in the Arctic, where temperatures are rising faster than elsewhere.

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More and more of the world's population is living in cities.

More and more of the world's population is living in cities.

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