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Authorities believe gigantprosjektet is the rescue experts butcher's plans

the Housing market in hong Kong is described as the world's most difficult. While the printed column meters of column meters about how difficult it has become for young people to enter the housing market in Norway, it is close to impossible in hong Kong where some are on waiting lists for as long as five years.

living In Norway it is around 16,5 inhabitants per square kilometre. The corresponding figures for hong Kong are on 6539, and each and every year moves large amounts of people to the area.

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The former british colony of hong Kong is in the world when it comes to class distinctions. The richest ten percent in the region earn 14 400 us dollars a month (almost 118 000 Norwegian kroner). There are over 40 times more than what the poorest ten percent in the country earn, according to Quartz.

Live in the "kistehjem"

The major differences make that a number of middelklassefamilier not have the opportunity to buy a property. The situation is even more serious for those who are poor. Many of them are going to have to stay in the so-called "coffin homes" (kistehjem) and some families have to share the apartment in less than seven square meters.

"Kistehjem" is small inndelte room, closest to the closets, as many of the people in hong Kong live in. Some of them are even so small that a person cannot stretch his legs.

SO MANY people STAY: So it looks inside a so-called "coffin home" in hong Kong. Photo: Benny Lam/ SoCO / NTB Scanpix Show more

14 square feet per person in 2017, the average size of the housing in the partially autonomous, but the chinese-controlled city, according to Reuters. A report from the same year showed that hong Kong was the world's most expensive place to buy apartments, which makes that the citizens need to work 20 years before they can afford a 60 square meter apartment near the city centre.


When one tops it with an increasingly strong influx of migrants from mainland China, hong Kong ended up in a situation that is now so critical that the authorities will use gigantsummer to solve the problem. And the suggested solution:

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Four artificial islands to be built in the waters between the islands hong Kong and Lantau, to give space to the 1.1 million people from 2032, according to Bloomberg. The price tag is estimated to be a staggering 559 billion.

the Plan was uncovered by the hong kong Beijing-friendly leader, Carrie Lam, in the last year. But the problems have started already before a only this is taken.

just three days after the Lamb has launched plans last year, took close to 6000 people to the streets to demonstrate against the development. The proposed development has clear benefits for China's government, which controls hong Kong under the chinese "one country, two systems"doctrine, writes Bloomberg.

CLOSE: hong Kong is located in the very top of the logs of population density around the world. Photo: Victor Fraile / Reuters / NTB Scanpix Show more - the Wrong direction,

Lamb wants to build an "aerotropolis", a district where the infrastructure and economy are centered around a so-called "airport-city", given the proximity to hong Kong international airport and the recently opened hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge. It is all included in the ambitious plans of China's president, Xi Jinping, who will bind the hong Kong and Macau, along with 11 other chinese cities, which shall constitute a technological power house on par with Silicon Valley in California.

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- It is possible that things are moving in the right direction for China, but it is going in the wrong direction for hong Kong, said Steve Tsang, director of the SOAS China institute at the University of London, to the news, and adds:

- to make hong Kong an integral part of China's development project, reduces the hong kong special character and contribution to China - it improves the not.

Dead zones

at Least as big is the concern for what the massive development will mean for the local ecosystem. While the authorities believe the plans are suitable for a green city in a future marked by dramatic climate change, warn researchers against the environmental degradation they believe will be able to come as a direct result of the development.

HOUSING: Mount Nicholson project in an exclusive area in hong Kong. There was a residential property with four bedrooms in 2017 sold for over a billion Norwegian kroner. Photo: Reuters/Scanpix Show more

A researcher associated with the Ocean-HK, which consists of researchers from several different institutions, went before the new year out and warned about the so-called dead zones in the areas where development is planned.

- I wonder how they plan to sell the properties there in the future. People can expect deteriorating water quality, foul-smelling conditions, the "red tide" (algal blooms) and dead fish. It's going to make it far less attractive to move to the area, " says David Baker, a researcher at the University of hong kong department of marine biology, South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Dead zones are areas with very little oxygen - that makes the occurrence of life difficult. The problem occurs when oksygennivåene close to the seabed when the levels are so low that the life under the sea die out, or move away from the area.

STRESS: This photo from the 2015 shows a stress along the discover the coastline outside of hong Kong. Increased emissions can lead to the deterioration of water quality, more frequent blooms, and lower dissolved oxygen levels and reduced biodiversity. Photo: Tyrone Siu / Reuters / NTB Scanpix Show more

Some microorganisms can survive in the dead zones, but most life can not it, which in turn can lead to a mass death of fish.

the Phenomenon is common in several places in the world during the summer. Among other things, was Florida, and large parts of the Gulf of mexico affected by the so-called red tide in the summer, which resulted in an estimated millions of fish died and washed up on the beaches in the area.

Not attractive

Gan Jinanping, who led the study in the waters off hong Kong, said to the newspaper that an investigation from august of last year showed that the problems around Lantaus dead zones occur as a result of emissions from the area around hong Kong.

SERIOUS PROBLEM: air Pollution is a serious problem in hong Kong, and a number of scholars have previously pointed out that the driver international investors away from the city. Photo: Anthony Wallace / AFP / NTB Scanpix Show more

the Problem is exacerbated by the fact that islands such as Lantau slows down the ocean currents, and the aforementioned Baker fears that the development of new artificial islands can slow the ocean currents further, and again lead to that the situation worsens.

to The north is utslippspunktet and in the south lies the ever-growing dead zone. None of these areas are especially attractive for someone who is looking for a new home, " says Baker to the SCMP.

- the Government doesn't care

Local authorities in hong Kong are, however, disagree in that there is talk about a dead zone, and refers to its own investigation, writes the newspaper.

- COULD BE WORSE: This photo from the 2015 shows a stress along the discover the coastline outside of hong Kong. Scientists fear the problem could become larger, if the islands be developed. Photo: Kin Cheung / AP / NTB Scanpix Show more

It is not far between the critics. Albert Lei, the founder of the political party Civic Party - which is part of the democracy movement in hong Kong, said to Bloomberg that the project is going to sacrifice hong kong immediate needs for the benefit of an expensive and possible miljøfiendtlig project.

the Authorities do not care about people's livelihood and well-being of all. If they had cared, so would the resources have been spent on projects that can provide immediate improvement in people's living conditions, " he says.

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