Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Disaster-Prone China Takes Heed of Global Warming

Storms, floods, heat and drought that have killed more than 2,000 people in China this year are a prelude to weather patterns likely to become more extreme due to global warming, the head of the Beijing Climate Centre said.

China was braced for further hardship as rising temperatures worldwide trigger increasingly extreme weather, Dong Wenjie, director-general of the climate centre, said.

"The precise causes of these phenomena aren't easy to determine on their own," Dong told Reuters of meteorological disasters that have caused 160 billion yuan (US$20 billion) worth of damage this year.

"But we know the broad background is global warming. That's clear. It's a reminder that global warming will bring about increasingly extreme weather events more often."

They acknowledge climate change and they want to mine the Moon for fuel. The US has its work cut out for it.


Katie said...

"They acknowledge climate change and they want to mine the Moon for fuel."

And yet, the article states they are almost equal with the U.S. in the production of greenhouse gases, but are unwilling to cap the emission of those gases, and instead say it's up to other, more developed, countries to do so.

Just a little contradictory, don't you think?

Mac said...

Don't misunderstand: I'm not a fan of China. But if a country *that* messed up can officially acknowledge climate change...