How 5 cities are fighting for climate survival
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, greets Sweden's King Carl Gustaf as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon looks on.
June 22nd, 2012
10:59 AM ET

How 5 cities are fighting for climate survival

Flash floods, extreme heat, rising sea-levels and buckling infrastructure — the list of catastrophes caused by climate change reads like the plot of a dystopian sci-fi novel. But these are all present dangers detailed in the latest C40 Cities report.

As world leaders converge in Rio De Janeiro this week for the Rio+20 Summit, CNN has teamed up with The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Carbon Disclosure Project to show the risks climate change poses to five major global cities and how those cities are trying to protect their booming populations and complex economies from climate disaster.  Check out the interactive.

And check out more coverage and commentary on the Rio+20 Summit:

- Promises and criticism

- Author Bjorn Lomborg on GPS: Summit is wasted opportunity

- Tewodros Melesse: Rio+20 summit must not ignore rapid population growth

- The elephant in the room at Rio

- Bianca Jagger urges leaders to 'Plant a Pledge' to plug emissions gap

- What is Rio+20 and why is it important?

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