China Warns of More Floods, Extreme Weather After Weeks of Chaos
(Bloomberg) -- China can expect to see more extreme weather events amid climate change, officials said, after severe flooding and a typhoon dealt the country a double blow over the past weeks.
“Against the backdrop of climate change, the environments in which extreme weather events are happening are all changing to a different degree,” China Meteorological Administration spokesman Wang Zhihua said. “The new climate norm means that current record-setting events will become something that happens frequently.”
China has already seen an increase in the number of extreme weather events in recent years, Wang said at a State Council briefing addressing the latest natural disasters.
The comments come as countries around the world are re-examining the relationship between climate change and extreme weather, with heat waves in the U.S. and floods in Europe dominating headlines this summer. This month alone, Mumbai faced landslides, South Africa froze, while temperatures in Turkey approached 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).
Based on an analysis of the latest weather patterns, China may see flooding in Beijing, Tianjin and other regions between the middle and end of August, Vice Minister of Emergency Management Zhou Xuewen said at the briefing. More typhoons may hit northern China, and safety measures will need to be boosted as the region is inexperienced in managing floods, he said.
In the longer term, China’s key cities may see hotter and longer summers, according to Greenpeace East Asia in a report this month. By 2100, temperatures may rise by 2.6 degrees Celsius in some areas and extend summer by about a month, the environmental group said.
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