What is the News?
China’s China Meteorological Administration (CMA) has published a Blue Book on Climate Change in China 2021.
About the Blue Book:
- The Blue book provides the latest monitoring information on climate change in China and globally. It also provides data on the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, terrestrial biosphere and driving factors of climate change.
- China is facing a growing risk of experiencing extreme weather and climate events and a temperature rise higher than the global average as a result of continuing climate warming.
- Sea Level: In 2020, the sea level in China’s coastal areas was 73 mm higher than the average from 1993 to 2011, the third-highest since 1980. The continued rise of sea temperature in summer has caused severe coral bleaching in several islands in the disputed South China Sea
- Typhoons: The average intensity of typhoons landing in China has increased since the late 1990s. China is hit by nine typhoons this year, causing widespread devastation.
- Greenpeace East Asia has released a report analyzing temperature data for 57 cities across mainland China, Korea and Japan.
- The report has found that scorching temperatures and increasingly severe heatwaves are becoming much more frequent in cities across East Asia.
- Moreover, the report has shown that hot weather was arriving earlier in the year in more than 80% of the cities studied