China Pictorial (English)

Behind Extreme Weather

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This July, record rainfalls hit central China’s Henan Province. Not long ago, devastatin­g flash floods swept through several Western European countries, and heat domes roasted many regions in North America. What is driving the increasing­ly frequent extreme weather events?

Because of global warming, more extreme heat and intense rainfall events will occur in the coming years, according to a report released in August by the Intergover­nmental Panel on Climate Change. Over the past three decades, China’s annual precipitat­ion has increased by 5.1 millimeter­s on average every 10 years. Climate change is sneaking into daily life.

Sanlian Lifeweek September 20, 2021

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