05 Jan '12, 6am

Hong Kong environmentalists lash out at proposal to create 25 man-made islands off the coast

HONG KONG (AFP) - Environmentalists lashed out on Thursday at a proposal by the Hong Kong government to create 25 man-made islands off the city's coast, claiming effects on marine ecology would be 'irreversible'. In a desperate attempt to ease land shortage, officials proposed the creation of a 1500ha man-made giant island and 24 other smaller islands on Wednesday. If constructed, the mega artificial island would have an area larger than the island reclaimed for Hong Kong's international airport and would require claiming land from sea up to 14.5m deep, the government said. But environmentalists are concerned that the proposed sites will affect the Southern Chinese city's natural shorelines. 'The impacts brought by reclamation projects are irreversible and particularly damaging, and it should be avoided in and around areas of high ecological and fisheries importance,' Ms S...

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Argh!! So poor thing!!

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