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Climate Change Issues for Densely Populated Hong Kong

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June 20th, 2013 Category: Climate Change VIIRSSuomi-NPP

China – June 19th, 2013

Hong Kong, visible as a bright white area on the right side of this image, is one of the most densely populated places in the world. The average
population density as at mid-2007 stood at 6,410 persons per square kilometre.

Climate change will mean that Hong Kong will experience a warmer climate, at times with significantly more rainfall, but will also face the risk of seasonal water shortages. Hong Kong will also experience a significant increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as heat waves, tidal surges, typhoons and very heavy rainfall. Sea levels will continue to rise for decades.

The impacts of these changes on Hong Kong will be increased risks of flooding, droughts and dangerously hot weather. There will also be secondary and indirect impacts, including an increased risk of infrastructure damage, ground instability and landslides, and further increases in dangerously poor air quality periods. This will all impact on human health and quality of life and pose significant risks for the economy of Hong Kong (click here for more information).

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