PEARL RIVER DELTA CASE STUDY

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ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS

  • In 2007, 8/10 rainfalls in Guangzhou (and 45% in the province) were classified as acid rain due to  a high concentration of factories and a growing number of cars.
  • Half of the waste water in the urban areas of Guangdong is not treated before being dumped in rivers.
  • Almost all urban areas have reduced vegetation cover (DEFORESTATION) This has resulted in serious erosion of land.

  • The Environmental Protection Bureau classifies the environmental situation as ‘severe’.

  •  The green house gases being emitted contribute to global warming and climate change which causes alteration in eco systems and habitats.

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WHAT IS BEING DONE TO HELP?

  • The government is spending $7.1 billion to help clean up the river by building 30 new sewage works and more.
  • Pearl river delta management plan aims to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions from power plants by 40% via using natural gas INSTEAD OF COAL.
  • GUANOZHA  has started a clean up and are improving pipe net works and treating water.
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