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Climate change will make top global ports unusable by 2050 as sea levels rise

A virgin Voyages cruise ship is seen docked at the Palma de Mallorca port, in the Baleares islands Spain.

Posted on September 11, 2023

A recent study has revealed that some of the world’s largest ports could become inoperable by 2050 due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.

The study, titled “Global Maritime Trends 2050,” was commissioned by Lloyd’s Register and Lloyd’s Register Foundation, leading entities in the shipping services sector, Reuters reported.

The study highlights that weather-related disruptions are already impacting global ports, including a drought affecting operations in the Panama Canal, a significant waterway.

It further states that out of the world’s 3,800 ports, a third are located in tropical regions highly susceptible to the severe effects of climate change.

Among the most vulnerable are the ports of Shanghai, Houston, and Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico, which are among the world’s largest.


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