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What is the world's most vulnerable city? (PHOTO)

Many cities are fighting a losing battle against the ravages of nature.

From the Maldives to Mauritania, some cities are engaged in a constant battle for survival against nature’s relentless forces. But which of these metropolises is closest to being overwhelmed by sea, sand or other natural threat?

There are three key natural factors that can make a city vulnerable to gradual disintegration, or even total disappearance – water, sand and wildfire. Natural events are notoriously hard to predict, especially with climate change making the planet hotter and polar ice melting, but the prospects for these seven cities can look particularly grim.

What is the world's most vulnerable city? (PHOTO)

Malé, capital of the Maldives, stands only four feet above sea level. Photograph: Reinhard Krause/Reuters

What is the world's most vulnerable city? (PHOTO)

The Piazza San Marco, Venice’s lowest point, now floods around 100 times a year. Photograph: Andrea Pattaro/AFP/Getty

What is the world's most vulnerable city? (PHOTO)

Florida’s Miami Beach flooded again earlier this week. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

What is the world's most vulnerable city? (PHOTO)

Desert-threatened Chinguetti in Mauritania. Photograph: Remi Benali/Corbis

What is the world's most vulnerable city? (PHOTO)

The thirsty Porcupine Creek Golf Club borders the desert in Rancho Mirage, California. Photograph: Chris Carlson/AP

What is the world's most vulnerable city? (PHOTO)

Japan’s Hashima Island was abandoned in 1974 when its coal supplies ran out. Photograph: Michael S Yamashita/Corbis

What is the world's most vulnerable city? (PHOTO)

Bushfire smoke chokes Sydney’s harbour in 2013. Photograph: James D Morgan/Rex


Via: Guardian
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