Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities

Michael Kimmelman – The New York Times:

The rising South China Sea and the overstressed Pearl River network lie just a meter or so below much of this new multitrillion-dollar development — and they are poised to drown decades of progress, scrambling global supply chains and raising prices on a world of goods like smartphones, T-shirts, biopharmaceuticals and even the tiny springs inside your ballpoint pens.

Fascinating read about China’s burgeoning, colliding urban centers. Click through and scroll down for a time-lapse graphic of the region’s disparate population centers merging into a sprawl as climate change inundates these riverine communities.

These places possess some of the most beautifully articulated architecture, which becomes another world painted in light after dark.

Residents and manufacturers are being flooded out with increasing frequency each year.

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