Sea Temperatures In The Pacific Ocean Rise To Record Levels, El Nino To Bring Extreme Weather, Earth’s Prognosis ‘Not Good’

Denzel Hammett - Author

Oct. 3 2015, Updated 6:35 a.m. ET

El Nino is expected to be strong this year. The rising sea has warmed 2 degrees Celsius from mid-August into early September in the equatorial area of the Pacific Ocean, where variances in temperatures indicate the severity of El Nino. The result means that extreme whether, such as typhoons and hurricanes, are likely to be plentiful and severe, leaving coastal area completely washed out in some cases.

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Casablanca (Morocco), Calcutta (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Buenes Aires (Argentina), Osaka (Japan), Shanghai (China), Manila (Philippines), Marseille (France) and Rotterdam (the Netherlands) are the most vulnerable cities to flooding from extreme weather and together their population is in the hundreds of millions of people at risk of permanently losing not only their homes, but also the city in which they live.

Professor Nigel Wright at the University of Leeds explains how even one damaged city could have knock on effects for the economy of the world.

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“A 1-in-100 year flood in Shanghai would lead to widespread damage, with serious consequences for the city, across China and, through wider economic links, for the whole world.”

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