Over the coming years Hong Kong, like many coastal cities around the world, stands to face severe risks as a result of the compounding effects of climate change. In a pragmatically preemptive move the city’s government is undertaking a study to assess its resilience to the effects of climate change. This study, according to Environment undersecretary Christine Loh Kung-wai, the study will help clarify what challenges the city stands to face as a result of climate change and what measures officials can undertake now to strengthen the city’s defenses.

Among the city’s prior efforts to address these concerns are the construction of sea walls to deal with rising sea walls as well as measures to prevent the landslides which increased rainfall are expected to bring about.

The results of this study and the measures developed on the basis of this data are only the first step in an ongoing process of evaluation which the government hopes will be adopted as an ongoing process, with successive governments reviewing these actions every five to ten years.

Read more about the Hong Kong climate change study in this South China Morning Post article

 

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