First National Assessment Sees China's Temperature to Rise, Water Shortage to Worsen

China's first national assessment of global climate change and its impact comprises three parts: the history and future trends of climate change; the impact and adaptation of climate change; and the social and economic assessment of climate change alleviation.

Published: 30-Dec-2006

Surface temperatures in China will increase significantly in coming decades and the water shortage in north China will get worse, according to a report released on Tuesday.

Compared with 2000, the annual average temperature in China will rise between 1.3 and 2.1 degrees Celsius by 2020, 1.5 and 2.8 degrees by 2030 and 2.3 and 3.3 degrees by 2050, said the report composed by 12 departments including the Ministry of Science and Technology and the China Meteorological Administration (CMA).

Rainfall will increase as well, with the estimated annual average rising by two to three percent by the year 2020.

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