I arrived in this hub of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region to a steady rain and a swift wind pushing waves just up to the edge of the sidewalk that lines the Can Tho River. The city of Can Tho is similar in size and style to Virginia Beach, with a typically slower coastal pace than the much larger and denser Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Its sense of tranquility almost masks that this town and the region surrounding it are among those locations most vulnerable to climate change.
In the Mekong Delta, the effects of a changing climate could trigger destabilizing economic and political forces, their domestic impact altering regional geopolitics, international trade and more.
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