William Yu is giving a tour of a Hong Kong apartment where each of the three bedrooms has been divided into a separate flat – part of a lab he has set up to show how many families live in small, crowded and hot spaces with no air conditioning or fresh air. “Even if there is a window, there is no ventilation and some flats are very scary,” said Yu, of the homes on Hong Kong’s Chun Tin street. Outside the window, black smoke and pounding noises rise from the Hop Lee metal and scrap paper shop on the dead-end street of dilapidated tenement buildings in the Hung Hom district. The World Green Organization Yu founded has set up the apartments to show how some vulnerable families live in one of the most expensive and densely-packed cities on earth – and how they might cope with global warming. Average summer temperatures in this city of 7.4 million people have risen swiftly over the past century, according to a study by researchers including Emily Chan, who directs the Centre for Global Health at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Temperatures inside these illegally-divided flats are 6 to 7 degrees Celsuis hotter… Read full this story
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