Many of China's cities are known for endemic air and water pollution, chronic overcrowding, and greatly reduced levels of habitability. The central government in Beijing is trying to change that.
As part of its Greater Bay Area project, Beijing plans to connect nine cities in Guangdong province with Hong Kong and Macao to create a giant urban sprawl that is home to some 70 million people. At the same time, he wants the river delta to be transformed into a high-tech hub that allows a greater measure of ecological conservation in the area.
The initiative stems from China's decision to clean up the country's severely polluted environment, at least in part. Five years ago, Beijing passed new environmental laws and began to force companies to comply with the strictest environmental regulations.
As a result, smog levels and water pollution have improved, although the country still has a long way to go. Needless to say, it will be a Herculean undertaking to clean up the environmental mess left after decades of indiscriminate destruction and pollution in the cause of breakneck economic progress.
Despite declaring a war on pollution in 2014, China is still not winning on that front. Air pollution alone is estimated to cause 1.1 million premature deaths each year in the country, in addition to damaging large tracts of agricultural land and the natural environment.
Only the city of Shenzhen has 16,000 and more than 20,000 electronic taxis. Electric trains are also rolling around the Pearl River Delta. "Across the delta, you are seeing the gradual deployment of e-buses, e-vans and e-taxis," Christine Loh, chief development strategist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, told Reuters news agency. .
In an attempt to make local metropolises greener and more livable, both local officials and entrepreneurs are embracing the latest advances in green and smart technologies: self-driving electronic vehicles, artificial intelligence-assisted energy-saving devices. and renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
At the same time, efforts are being made to clean up heavily polluted rivers by regulating industry and ensuring that toxic effluents do not continue to seep into waterways. "China is pollution fighting speed," Loh said.
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