A major local impact is the heat-island effect from urbanisation. A change in surface from vegetation to concrete can significantly increase temperatures. Photo: EPA

Rezoning of Hong Kong’s green belt for housing must be a last resort

Ian Brownlee says the Paris climate accord obliges Hong Kong to do more to protect its natural treasures, so using these sites for a quick fix to our housing shortage is short-sighted

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A major local impact is the heat-island effect from urbanisation. A change in surface from vegetation to concrete can significantly increase temperatures. Photo: EPA
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