About 2.6% of the world’s population, or 177 million people, will live in places that face regular flooding by 2100, but the impacts won’t be distributed evenly across the globe, according to a new analysis by Climate Central. A map published by the New York Times September 23 shows 146.5 million people affected in Asia, 16.9 million in Europe, 4.8 million in North America, 4.5 million in Africa, and 700,000 in Oceania. “Globally, eight of the 10 large countries most at risk are in Asia. The Netherlands would be the most exposed, with more than 40% of its country at risk,” the Times notes, “but it also has the world’s most advanced levee system, which means in practice its risk is much lower.”
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