Booming coastal cities at risk from climate change


Top politics and current affairs news for April 10, 2017. Part of the daily SupChina news roundup "Anti-corruption reality TV."

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of the country's founding father, Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A 2016 World Bank report said (see page 84) that Guangzhou is the world city that faces the most serious economic risks from climate change, while Shenzhen is ranked 10th. On the weekend, the New York Times published a report (paywall) on the growing threat faced by China’s southern coastal boom cities from floods and rising waters. In a downpour in May 2014, in the manufacturing hub of Dongguan, “more than 100 factories and shops were inundated” as “water climbed knee-high in 20 minutes.” At the same time in nearby Guangzhou, “helicopters and a fleet of 80 boats had to be sent to rescue trapped residents,” while “tens of thousands lost their homes, and 53 square miles of nearby farmland were ruined.” The Times notes that “researchers say there is abundant evidence that the effects of climate change can already be seen — in higher water levels, increasing temperatures and ever-more severe storms.”