Pearl River Delta under Rising Water Threat
By Joshua S Hill
August 30, 2007
"Climate change will negatively affect the economic development of Guangdong, which is currently one of the biggest consumers of energy and producers of greenhouse gases," Du Raodong, an expert at the Guangdong weather centre, was quoted as saying.
Raodong attributed the threat to rising temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions. A 30cm rise (one foot) in sea levels could contaminate local drinking supplies with salt water. Raodong also warned that red tide — an event in which estuarine, marine or fresh water algae accumulate rapidly in the water column — will likely worsen, affecting local agricultural production.