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Among the 100 cities most at risk, 99 of them are in Asia, including 37 in China and 43 in India.
Globally, the report found that 414 cities around the world, with a population of over one million each, are vulnerable pollution, declining water supply, extreme heat, natural hazards and climate change. Collectively, these cities are home to 1.4 billion people.
Here are the riskiest cities in the world, according to Verisk Maplecroft.
1. Jakarta, Indonesia
2. Delhi, Inde
3. Chennai, Inde
4. Surabaya, Indonesia
5. Chandigarh, Inde
6. Agra, Inde
7. Meerut, Inde
8. Bandung, Indonesia
9. Aligarh, Inde
10. Kanpur, India
In recent years, the Indian capital of New Delhi has been making headlines for having such unsafe air quality that authorities have been forced to declare public health emergencies and close schools.
Meanwhile, water pollution has resulted in nearly $ 9 billion in annual health care costs and led to 400,000 deaths each year in the country.
Pollution is also a big problem in China. The report pointed out that China and India have up to 286 million people, out of the 336 million living in cities at extreme risk of pollution.
“A significant danger to many cities is how climate change will amplify weather-related risks,” Will Nichols, head of environment and climate change research at Verisk Maplecroft, said in the report. “Warmer temperatures and the increasing severity and frequency of extreme events such as storms, droughts and floods will change the quality of life and the prospects for economic growth in many cities around the world. “
Last month, leaders from countries like Brazil, Canada and Japan pledged to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change at the climate summit hosted by President Joe Biden . The United States, for its part, has pledged to reduce its emissions by at least 50% by 2030.