With a population of 7 million people and a landmass of 426 square miles, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. It also, along with mainland China, is undergoing a massive building boom. China is now the world’s largest construction market. It is estimated that half of the buildings erected every year worldwide are in China, where an urban area comparable to two times the size of Boston is added every month.

The repercussions for the environment are well known,...

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