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The Blue Paper of Climate Change 2018 in China is released

04-04-2018Source:China Meteorological News Press

On April 3, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) issued the Blue Paper of Climate Change 2018 in China (hereafter referred to as blue paper), expounding on the latest observations of climate change in China, Asia, and the whole world. The blue paper stated that global warming trend was sustaining, and China was a sensitive and vulnerable area for global climate change.

According to the paper, the world witnessed the second warmest year in 2017 since the inception of comprehensive meteorological observation record. In 2017, land area average temperature ranked the third in Asia since 1901. China witnessed an aberrantly warm year. From 1951 to 2017, the warming rate in northern China significantly exceeded that in southern China. Among them, Qinghai-Tibet area registered the largest warming rate.

From 1961 to 2017, annual average precipitation in China did not experience pronounced warming or cooling trend, while extreme strong precipitation events were mounting. Since the inception of 21st century, annual average fluctuation in North China, South China, and Northwest China has weathered volatile uptick. Extreme heat wave events have rampped up since the middle of 1990s.

Through the lens of all manner of atmospheric component concentration shift, from 1990 to 2016, CO2 concentration has stepped up year on year registered at Waliguan weather station.

In foreseeable future, CMA will release annual blue paper on a regular basis in a bid to better cater to the demand of response to climate change, disaster prevention and mitigation, and ecological civilization, and provide potent scientific underpinning for the mutually reinforcing global climate governance and domestic ecological civilization construction. (Apri. 4)

Reporter: Wang Mei Jue, Huang Bin

Editor: Liu Shuqiao