China's annual Green Book on Climate Change is released in Beijing

03-12-2019Source:China Meteorological News Press

On November 22, the 11th Green Book on Climate Change of China was released in Beijing. The book pointed out that the warming trend of global climate system further persisted, with sustained mounting global climate hazards. In the meanwhile, the impacts of climate change on China exerted more harms than benefits that brought, climate risk management should be consolidated and guard against two kinds of risk events, namely black swan events and grey rhino events.

This document has showcased the latest scientific progresses and policy and application practices of response to climate change at home and abroad, and analyzed the results of green low-carbon development in China.

According to the book, in 2018, the global average temperature was 1℃ higher than the pre-industrial levels, and the global average sea level reached new heights. Effects of global climate change on the natural ecological system and society and economy are accelerating with consistent rising global climate risks. Meteorological risks in developing countries are higher than those in developed countries. Among 848 natural hazard events happened in 2018, 43% of them occurred in Asia, with the first ranking from China.

China is a region susceptible to climate change. According to the book, in the worst-case scenario, at the end of 21st century, the number of high temperature and heat wave events in China may triple. The glacier mass may drop by about 70%, and the water availability will be affected in water stressed regions in west China.

As one of the editors in chief of the book, Ms. Liu Yaming, Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) remarked that climate change was a grand challenge faced by the contemporary international community and the response to climate change called for formulating medium and long term strategic goals and plans, as well as pragmatic and feasible measures and action.

She also said that CMA would further develop fundamental scientific work, push forward cooperation among departments, support the compilation of the book and scientific research in relevant sectors, and provide more high quality scientific and policy support for the response to climate change. (Dec. 3)

Reporter: Jia Jingxi, Cui Guohui

Editor: Liu Shuqiao