China weather expert warns on climate change

March 23, 2015 2:54 AM

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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 climate change will reduce crop yields, 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 carbon dioxide emissions 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...

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