As the world frets over the consequences of global warming, China has seen its average ground temperature rise more quickly than the rest of the world over a number of decades.

As Reuters reported on August 4, the Chinese Communist Party is aware that its temperature has been climbing 0.26 degrees Celsius (0.45 degrees Fahrenheit) each decade starting 1951. For comparison, the global average only rises 0.15 degrees Celsius, or 0.18 F every 10 years.

Yuan Jiashuang 袁佳双, vice-director of China’s National Climate Center expects, “In the future, the increase in regional average temperatures in China will be significantly higher than the world.”

A CCP statement said that over the last 20 years, China has had its warmest era since the early 1900s. Last year, the nation’s average surface temperature was 0.97 degrees Celsius or 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, higher than usual, marking the highest reading since 1901. 

Reuters added that 131 Chinese meteorological stations recorded temperatures that matched or exceeded historical highs. And this is a rise from 62 for all of 2021.

Yuan has cautioned that shifting weather patterns in China could disrupt the balance of water resources, increase the susceptibility of ecosystems, and lower food output.

As China Daily quoted, he said, “Extreme weather events including torrential rains and scorching temperatures have occurred more frequently as climatic risks are rising.”

Indeed, China has been stretched by catastrophic environments, with Hebei Province in the north and southwest Yunnan hitting temperatures of over 44 C (111 F). In coastal Fujian Province, as well as portions of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, heavy rainfall in June has shattered historic records. That is, the CCP has warned more severe floods and droughts might keep unfolding in August.

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