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China is additionally impacted by the climate crisis. The Chinese economy is currently experiencing difficulties due to frequent flooding, heavy rains that cause landslides, heatstroke, and other problems, among others.
One of the nations with the highest population has encountered multiple weather emergencies. The scientific community has called for it, and China is currently experiencing the outcomes. In several regions of China, the rainy season, which began in May, has brought numerous heavy downpours that have led to floods and landslides. These have cost billions of yuan in property damage, livestock deaths, and human casualties.
Weather bureaus have reported record-breaking rainfall in the Fujian province, as well as in some areas of the Guangdong and Guangxi provinces. Meanwhile, heat waves have begun to emerge in the northern region of China, raising temperatures to as high as 40 degrees Celsius.
There have been temperature records broken at 71 weather stations in China. In four cities—one in Yunnan and three in the province of Hebei—the National Climate Center recorded highs of 44 degrees Celsius.
The 71 weather stations in China have recorded temperatures that are higher than previously recorded. According to the National Climate Center, four cities, one in Yunnan and three in the province of Hebei, experienced temperatures of 44 degrees Celsius or higher.
Heat waves are making Covid response difficult
The rise in Covid cases in the nation is a pain in and of itself, and the oppressive heat only makes matters worse for the masses. People are having a difficult time getting into testing centers because they are overflowing with people who want to take tests.
Health workers who are fully equipped with PPE suffer the most at the same time, especially because they must spend a lot of time outside in order to serve the line. Online videos frequently show frontliners passing out from the heat.
The effects of heat waves are also being felt by power grids. Power outages are also occurring more frequently. Crop production has gotten worse as a result, which will soon result in an increase in food prices. The issue is still very much a problem, according to Yao Wenguang, a representative of the Ministry of Water Resources.
“It is predicted that from July to August, there will be more extreme weather events in China, and regional flood conditions and drought conditions will be heavier than usual,” he said during a media interview.
The most recent Blue Book on Climate Change was issued in August by the China Meteorological Administration. The study showed that China’s temperature is rising faster than the global average. China’s sea levels rose more quickly than the average global rate from 1980 to 2020. At the same time, the nation’s surface temperature rises by 0.26 degrees Celsius every ten years.
“We should be really concerned because these extreme weather events actually affect the most underprivileged, disadvantaged and vulnerable parts of the population — those in the rural areas, or those who don’t have air conditioning or live in very crowded conditions,” said Johnny Chan, emeritus professor at the City University of Hong Kong.
The damages incurred by the problems
Chinese communities suffer $238 billion in damages annually as a result of cyclones, floods, and droughts. The figure is the highest in the Asia Pacific, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Additionally, it is nearly three times the annual damage reported by Japan or India. The number of heat-related deaths has significantly increased. Meanwhile, the mortality rate quadrupled in just three decades, from 1990 to 2019. The total number of deaths caused by heat waves in 2019 was 26,800.
Alarms were raised by scientists and the government due to flooding in cities and other regions of the nation. According to Liu Junyan, the leader of Greenpeace East Asia’s climate and energy projects, “The central government and local governments started to be aware that climate change is such an enormous threat to society and its sustainable development.”
“Local governments still need to develop more detailed and tangible plans to implement this grand strategy,” Liu further said.
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