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June 3, 2004

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Floating city
  The Lilypad has been designed by award-winning Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut who says the ‘ecopolis’ offers a long term solution to the looming problem of rising sea levels.

An architect has come up with an innovative answer to rising sea levels – a city that floats around the world.

The self-contained ‘Lilypad’ city will be home to around 50,000 ‘climate refugees’ from the worst hit areas – including London.

Latest research predicts that sea levels could rise by up to 88cm – nearly 3ft – by the year 2100, putting many islands in the Pacific Ocean in danger.

This dramatic rise of close to one metre would threaten huge areas of low lying coastal land, as well as major cities such as London, New York and Tokyo.

But now a visionary architect has found a solution which will see people in the affected cities making a new home for themselves on the futuristic-looking Lilypad.

The Lilypad has been designed by award-winning Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut who says the ‘ecopolis’ offers a long term solution to the looming problem of rising sea levels.

As land-based cities flood, the Lilypad will be able to float around the world like a giant ship.

He said: ‘The design of the city is inspired by the shape of the great Amazonia Victoria Regia lilypad.

‘Some countries spend billions of pounds working on making their beaches and dams bigger and stronger.

‘But the Lilypad project is actually a long term solution to the problem of the water rising.

‘And it has the other objective of providing housing for refugees from islands that have been submerged.’

Centred around a lake which collects and then purifies rain water, the Lilypad will drift around the world following the ocean currents and streams.

It will be accessed by three marinas and will also feature three ‘mountains’ to offer the inhabitants a change of scenery.

Power will be provided through a series of renewable energy sources including solar, thermal, wind energy, hydraulic and a tidal power station.

The city will actually produce much more energy than it consumes and be entirely ‘zero-emission’ as all the carbon-dioxide and the waste will be recycled.

Mr Callebaut added: ‘It’s an amphibious city without any roads or any cars.

‘The whole city is covered by plants housed in suspended gardens. The goal is to create a harmonious coexistence of humans and nature.

‘I think trying to accomodate the millions of people left homeless by environmental changes will prove to be one of the great challenges of the 21st century.’

Neither the cost of building the city or the cost of living there have been revealed.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the global sea level is expected to rise between nine and 88 centimetres by 2100, with a ‘best estimate’ of 50 centimetres.

This is due to global warming which is causing the ice caps to melt.

In many places, 50 centimetres would see entire beaches being washed away, together with a significant chunk of the coastline.

On low-lying Pacific islands such as Tuvalu, Kiribati or the Maldives, the highest point is only two or three metres above current sea levels.

If the sea level was to rise by 50cm, significant portions of these islands would be washed away by erosion or covered by water.

Even if they remain above the sea, many island nations will have their supplies of drinking water reduced because sea water will invade their freshwater stocks.

There are also tens of millions of people living in low-level coastal areas of southern Asia, such as the coastlines of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Burma, who would be in danger.

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