Top China weather expert warns on climate change

China is the world's largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, which cause climate change
China is the world's largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, which cause climate change

China's top weather official has issued a stark warning on climate change, saying that rising temperatures could have "huge impacts" on the world's most populous country, state media reported Sunday.

Global will reduce , lead to "ecological degradation" and create unstable river flows, Xinhua news agency quoted Zheng Guoguang, chief of China's Meteorological Administration, as saying.

"As the world warms, risks of climate change and climate disasters to China could become more grave," Zheng said.

China is the world's largest source of , which cause climate change. Beijing has said it aims for those emissions to peak "around 2030".

Temperature increases in China over the past century have been more extreme than global averages, Zheng added.

He described climate change as a "serious threat" to several Chinese mega-projects including the vast Three Gorges Dam, a railway connecting Tibet with northwest China, and a huge scheme to divert water from the country's south to its dry north.

Zheng called for China to take a "low-carbon development path." But Xinhua also quoted him as saying that the potential for wind and solar energy was "limited", without giving further details.

China and the US, which together produce around 45 percent of the world's carbon dioxide, will be key to ensuring a global deal on reducing emissions after 2020 at a Paris summit later this year.

China's ruling Communist party has for decades emphasised economic growth, which has caused demand for energy—especially coal—to skyrocket.

Coal use in China grew by an average of nine percent each year from 2000 to 2010, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

Beijing has pushed alternatives to coal use in the face of public anger at widespread smog. But some schemes—such as facilities which convert coal into gas—have been criticised by environmentalists as resulting in greater carbon emissions.


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Mar 22, 2015
Things must be REALLY bad for China to warn its people. Seems Dr. Jim White and others that have warned us of abrupt climate change may actually see it close up and personal.

Mar 22, 2015
Send the Deniers to China.

Those who do not like Feed-in Tariffs can breathe this filth.

Mar 22, 2015
How much was "the Top China weather expert" paid? Oh, he's Communist? It goes without saying.

Mar 22, 2015
The comment above shows us how silly the anti-AGW crowd has gotten.

Mar 23, 2015
I agree that the deniers should move to China. After all, there is no climate change so everything should be just fine over there for them. Perhaps they can peddle their anti-Earth propaganda there - oh, I'm sorry, even China admits there is climate change and they are a major polluter - never mind.

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