Is­land project crit­i­cised

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD WEEKEND -

Hong Kong:As Hong Kong re­cov­ers from one of the strong­est typhoons in decades, a con­tro­ver­sial plan to build a vast ar­ti­fi­cial is­land is fac­ing in­tense scru­tiny from en­vi­ron­men­tal groups, law­mak­ers and aca­demics who say it will be vul­ner­a­ble to ris­ing sea lev­els and storms.

The East Lan­tau Me­trop­o­lis plan, backed by pow­er­house prop­erty devel­op­ers , is the Gov­ern­ment’s favoured op­tion to address a chronic hous­ing short­age.

But author­i­ties un­der­es­ti­mate the im­pact of ris­ing sea lev­els and more ex­treme fu­ture weather, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists say.

The Hong Kong Gov­ern­ment has said the de­vel­op­ment would be built to ac­count for cli­mate change. — Reuters

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