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Half of China’s cities are sinking

Major cities across eastern China are sinking due to groundwater extraction and the weight of buildings, potentially exposing millions of people to flooding and damage in the next 100 years. The affected cities, which include Beijing and Tianjin, are concentrated in the eastern part of the country and along the coast. Combined with sea level rise, falling cities could expose around 10% of China’s coastal population — between 55 and 128 million people — to flooding and irreparable damage by 2120.

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