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Climate Change

Infographic: Rising seas threaten world's airports

224 airports around the world are less than 3 meters above sea level

Kansai International Airport in Osaka was flooded by a typhoon in September 2018. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism)

TOKYO -- Sea levels are slowly rising due to global warming, putting airports, harbors, power stations, oil storage and other key infrastructure in coastal areas at risk of flooding. How can we protect crucial infrastructure? Cities around the world are being forced to adapt to a changing planet.

Of the world's 5,014 midsize or large airports, 753 -- about 15% -- have an elevation of less than 10 meters, according to a Nikkei analysis based on data from OurAirports and other sources.

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