Top China weather expert warns on climate change

China’s top weather official has issued a stark warning on climate change, saying that rising temperatures could have “huge impacts” on the world’s most populous country, state media reported Sunday. Global climate change will reduce crop yields, lead to “ecological degradation” and create unstable river flows, Xinhua news agency quoted Zheng Guoguang, chief of China’s Meteorological Administration, as saying.

As the world warms, risks of climate change and climate disasters to China could become more grave.

Zheng Gougang

China is the world’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, which cause climate change. Beijing has said it aims for those emissions to peak “around 2030”. Zheng called for China to take a “low-carbon development path.” But Xinhua also quoted him as saying that the potential for wind and solar energy was “limited”, without giving further details.