Sprawl! China Developing a New City: Pop 42 Million, the Size of Switzerland


City planners and architects in China are hoping to turn the nine cities in the Pearl River Delta into a single, monster megacity with a population the of 42 million the size of Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire combined or 16,000 sq mile urban area that is 26 times larger geographically than metro London.

The new mega-city will cover a large part of China's manufacturing heartland, stretching from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, accounting for nearly a tenth of the Chinese economy with an express rail line will also connect the hub with nearby Hong Kong. The un-named city is still a few years away from completion.

Meanwhile, Every week humans create the equivalent of a city the size of Vancouver. What will this staggering growth mean for both nature and people?

The WWF's "Living Planet" report has said that carbon pollution and over-use of Earth's natural resources have become so critical that, on current trends, we will need a second planet to meet our needs by 2030. The report says that 1 billion people do not have access to an adequate supply of fresh water. It pointed to 71 countries that were running down their sources of freshwater at a worrying, unsustainable rate. Nearly two-thirds of these countries experience "moderate to severe" water stress.

"This has profound implications for ecosystem health, food production and human wellbeing, and is likely to be exacerbated by climate change," WWF said.


The Daily Galaxy via telegraph.co.uk/news


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