Climate Change: China’s Actions 2008

In 2008, China’s State Council Information Office published a white paper entitled “China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change.” The document, composed of eight chapters, explains China actively participates in global efforts to address climate change, earnestly observes the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and plays a constructive role in international cooperation on this issue.

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Given the importance and urgency of addressing climate change, China is looking at both economic development and ecological construction. Beijing has formulated and implemented a national plan for coping with climate change, and adopted a series of policies and measures. At the same time, China is promoting a strategy of sustainable development, conserving resources, and an environmentally friendly approach to innovation. With economic development its core objective, and an emphasis on energy conservation, ecological protection and construction, China hopes to control the emission of greenhouse gases and adapt to the challenges of climate change.

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The latest scientific research shows the average temperature of the earth’s surface has increased by 0.74 degree Celsius over the past century. That’s frrom 1906 to 2005. It is expected to further rise by 1.1 to 6.4 degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st century. …

China’s temperature rise has kept pace with global warming. The latest information released by the China Meteorological Administration shows the average temperature in China has risen by 1.1 degrees Celsius over the past century. China experienced 21 warm winters from 1986 to 2007, the latter was the warmest year since monitoring began in 1951. … Extreme climate phenomena, such as high temperatures, heavy precipitation and severe droughts have increased in frequency and intensity. In addition, there are more summer heat waves, worse droughts in some areas, especially northern China. Meanwhile, heavy precipitation has increased in southern China and there has been a rise in snow disasters in western China. In China’s coastal zones, the sea surface temperature and sea level rose by 0.9 degree Celsius and 90 mm, respectively, over the past 30 years.

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Read FULL TEXT here China’s Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change.

This video is presented here courtesy of China Meteorological Administration along with its production team.

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