Hong Kong should use its economic and intellectual wealth to lead the world on adapting and become more resilient to climate change, says an expert on the matter.
Daniel Kreeger, executive director of the Association of Climate Change Officers, said Hong Kong is a place that people want to be in and look up to.
"So why not position itself as a global leader on solutions related to clean energy, adoptive capacity, resilience to typhoons and extreme events. That's the opportunity that sits before here with its immense institutions and capacity that Hong Kong has," he said.
US-based Kreeger was in town to join representatives from the government, the private sector and NGOs at a recently held conference organised by the University of Science and Technology.
The expert said that at the conference there was a lot of attention on tackling typhoons, but climate change goes much beyond that.
He said there are two ten-foot ice shelves that are fractured. "We know they are going to fall into the sea – only thing we don't know how soon it will happen."
Kreeger told RTHK's Richard Pyne that if the sea level rises by a few feet, the problems this will bring will go much beyond just facing typhoons.