The Sinking of Bangkok
Bangkok is not some backwater city with a minute population. It’s Thailand’s capital and home to upwards of over 14 million people, so to think that a report from Thailand’s National Reform Council shows Bangkok completely submerged within 15 years is mind-boggling. It’s not even just the rising sea levels that the city needs to be weary of. According to the report, “excessive pumping” from the city’s aquifer and an increased weight due to continued city development are also to blame. As of July of 2015, much of Bangkok was only 5-feet or roughly 1.5 meters above sea level and, by 2030, could find itself submerged in under 5-feet of water. One solution proposed was a sea wall around greater Bangkok that would cost an estimated $14.3 billion.