Swedish city to start constructing massive concrete wall to fend off rising seawater: report


STOCKHOLM, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Gothenburg, the second largest city of Sweden, has embarked on plans to construct a gigantic concrete storm defense wall, which will be ready for use by 2070.

The wall will rise 2.7 meters above sea level and will protect the city, at least until the year 2100, Swedish Television reported on Tuesday. It can stand open during dry weather and be shut during storms, according to construction plans.

Gothenburg, located on the west coast, is already experiencing regular flooding and sea levels look set to continue rising, Gothenburg city climate strategist Lisa Ekstrom told Swedish Television. "I feel somewhat worried I must say. We don't know what to expect," she said.

"Forecasts show that it will get even warmer and that sea levels will only continue to rise. That concerns me. Personally, I might be alright, but future generations will fare worse," Ekstrom said.

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