Climate change could have a “huge impact” on China; it will reduce the grain harvest and also will have negative consequences on the environment. This conclusions are found in the report by China’s leading climatologist Zheng Guogang. This is a rare acknowledgment of the negative effects of pollution ffrom China officials.
Zheng Guogang said also that climate change will be a “serious threat” to a major infrastructure projects. In his words, the rise of temperatures in China is already greater than the global average for the past century.
The country, which is the biggest polluter in the world, will reach its peak by 2030 and yet it still has not defined its goal to reduce them, especially the carbon dioxide.
The risk of disasters
Zheng Guogang, who is the heads the Chinese Meteorological Institute, says that global warming exposes China to “increasing risk of climate disasters.” He warned of more droughts, storms and high temperatures that can affect river levels and the crop. Finally climatologist urged the country to reduce carbon dioxide releases in the near future.
Chinese leaders recognize half-heartedly about the dangers of global warming and usually do not talk about the scale of the problem. China pursuit of rapid economic growth led to a boom in the demand of energy, especially coal for the huge Chinese manufacturing sector.
Beijing has recently taken some measures against pollution, which poses a risk to the health of many Chinese. The reason is that the authorities cannot afford to fail to act before the increasing public pressure and organized environmental protests. As a result, the authorities regularly publish data on air quality in cities. Last year it was announced that in an effort to combat air polution China will scrapped millions of cars that do not meet the standards for exhaust emissions. There are plans for closing some coal mines, as well as an overall decrease in the quantity of used coal.
In 2014 there was a large-scale environmental inspection on Chinese enterprises and the companies violating the regulations were sanctioned. But scientists fear that promise for reduce emissions will not be enough to avoid the negative effects of climate change.
China and the US together are responsible for about 45% of global carbon emissions. Leaders of the two countries will participate in the summit in Paris this year, which aims to achieve a global deal to cut carbon emissions by 2020