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The famous country building an incredible new £400m floating city for 100,000 locals


Global warming poses many challenges to planet Earth as temperatures rise along with the world’s sea levels.

Rising oceans threaten to make more than 800 million people in 570 cities around the world homeless by the year 2050, according to the C40 network.

This presents governments with a huge problem, as they struggle to cope with the myriad consequences of a warming climate.

The C40 network estimates that governments will be faced with a $1 trillion (£800bn) bill by mid-century, as sea levels rise causing extensive inland flooding.

However, there may now be a viable solution on the horizon that will help provide a template for the construction of cities of the future.

A blue tech company based in New York is building a prototype of a floating city in Busan, South Korea.

The floating city is designed as three interconnected platforms, totalling 15.5 acres (62,726 square metres).

It will initially provide homes for 12,000 people, potentially rising to 100,000 later.

Each of the platforms has a specific purpose – living, research, and lodging – while the link-span bridges that connect them to the land create a sheltered lagoon, providing space for recreation on the water.

The project is a collaboration between UN-Habitat, the Busan Metropolitan City, and OCEANIX.

It is estimated to cost $600 million (£480m) and is scheduled to be built between 2025 and 2028.

At its unveiling two years ago, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Maimunah Mohd Sharif said: “We cannot solve today’s problems with yesterday’s tools. We need to innovate solutions to global challenges.

“But in this drive for innovation, let’s be inclusive and equitable and ensure we leave no one and no place behind.”

Sustainability is a key component of the design concept with the focus on renewables and recycling.

All the energy will be solar sourced from floating and rooftop photovoltaic panels, making it 100 percent green city.

Busan is not the only floating city project being developed. In September 2021, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the carbon-neutral Floating Office Rotterdam in the Dutch port, which is able to move as water levels rise.

Construction is also due to start this year on Maldives Floating City. The archipelago in the Indian Ocean is one of the most climate-vulnerable nations – with more than 80 percent of its land area at less than one metre above sea level.

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