Pearl River Delta

The air in China’s southern Pearl River Delta (PRD) region was listed by the Environmental Protection Ministry as the country’s most polluted in October due to a sharp rise in ozone and particulate matters in the air.
Maplecroft 2014 climate change threat map
October 30, 2013
By 2025 almost one third of global economic output will be based in countries that face either an extreme or high risk from climate change impacts according to a new study. The sixth annual release of Maplecroft’s Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas reveals that countries projected to produce 31 percent economic falls into these two categories – a 50 percent increase on current levels and more than double since the company began researching the issue in 2008.
Contaminated vegetables
June 24, 2013
Hot on the heels of last month's cadmium-tainted rice revelations in China, residents of Guangdong – the wealthy and populous province bordering Hong Kong – have been confronted with new concerns that up to a fifth of the Pearl River Delta's vegetables contain excessive amounts of heavy metals. The widespread vegetable contamination, which includes poisons such as arsenic, cadmium, copper and mercury, was detailed by a provincial agriculture official while raising awareness of farmland pollution in the province, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.
A clean-up at power plants and tighter controls on vehicle emissions were cited as key factors that saw an improvement in air quality in China’s Pearl River Delta last year, according to the latest regional air quality report. But concerns are mounting about the deterioration of roadside air in Hong Kong.
Kai Tak Cruise
February 05, 2013
It’s been a busy and productive few weeks for both the shipping industry and the Hong Kong government. In his first policy address, Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung announced plans to introduce legislation for at-berth fuel switching during the next legislative session, continue discussions with Guangdong officials on extending fuel switching to other places in the Pearl River Delta (PRD), and for shoreside power at the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, scheduled to open in June.  
PRD 2020 vision
November 01, 2012
According to the Outline of the Plan for the Reform and Development of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) for 2008 -2020, formulated by the National Development and Reform Commission, cities in the PRD are progressively converging into one urban cluster, forming the most densely populated urban corridor in China. The nine prefectures in the region were home to 56.15 million people at the end of 2010, according to the Guangdong Statistic Book 2010. Given that Guangzhou alone expects to have 20 million people by 2020, it is entirely possible the total population of the PRD could double by that time.
Spatial distribution of SO2 from ships around Hong Kong, 2008
October 03, 2012
Finally, some data. A couple of weeks ago Civic Exchange and two Hong Kong universities released a report detailing the extent of emissions from ships in the Pearl River Delta region, and their public health impact. It’s a groundbreaking study. Using 2008 data, researchers from HKUST did a ship emissions inventory of vessels activity across the PRD. They then calculated the dispersion of the pollutants, which showed that Shenzhen and Hong Kong have the most ship emissions, ahead of other coastal PRD regions such as Zhongshan and Dongguan, and outer PRD regions, like Foshan and Huizhou.
Global insurance companies are struggling to get a grip on their flood exposure in Asia nearly a year after one of the world’s costliest disasters hit Thailand, with executives fearing an even worse event looms in the region, according to an in-depth Reuters feature article.
Hong Kong water supply
July 05, 2012
In the 15 years since it returned to Chinese sovereignty Hong Kong has survived many uncertainties and crises but the place still lacks a sense of “staying vigilant in peace time”, in order to better prepare for future challenges. This is especially so in the case of water, a key issue that has been neglected for too long. The Dongguan–Shenzhen Water Project started to export water to HK in 1965, since when it has seldom suffered from water restrictions. In the past 30 years, HK has been able to supply water 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
The Pearl River Delta Region
June 26, 2012
The governments of China’s Guangdong Province, and its Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions – collectively covering the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region – have jointly released a plan for long-term co-operation in the areas of environment and ecology, low-carbon development, culture and social living, spatial planning and green transportation systems. Among the raft of proposals in the Regional Co-operation Plan on Building a Quality Living Area, there is a series of recommendations aimed at strengthening regional co-operation on reducing air pollution in the PRD.