CLIMATE CHANGE IN CHINA
In China, Climate Change Is Already Here; China is already feeling the effects of climate change, and the results could be devastating.
Shannon Tiezzi, August 14, 2014 (The Diplomat)
“Northern China is currently experiencing a severe drought…Henan Province, one of China’s top grain producers, has suffered economic losses of 7.3 billion renminbi ($1.2 billion) due to the drought, with agriculture representing 97 percent of those losses. Neighboring Hebei Province is also suffering, with rainfall levels in some areas at less than 50 percent of yearly averages. Liaoning Province, meanwhile, is in the midst of its worst drought since the province began keeping meteorological records in 1951…[S]outhern China is experiencing devastating floods…July flooding due to extreme rainfall killed at least 34 and caused 5.21 billion RMB ($839.8 million) in damages…More recently, heavy rains have complicated efforts to rebuild after the August 3 Yunnan earthquake, and just this week more flooding in Guizhou province killed at least 12 people…The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Fourth Assessment Report(issued in 2007) predicted an increase in extreme rains in western and southern China and a decrease in rainfall in the north…The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, issued last year, predicts possible threats to both water and food security in China (and Asia in general) as well as more potential for natural disasters…” click here for more