From China Daily:
China will encounter more bad weather next year, Qin Dahe, director of the Climate Meteorological Administration (CMA) said in his annual report yesterday. He urged all levels of government to improve weather monitoring. China will witness more severe weather conditions in 2007, the country’s top meteorological official forecast in his annual report yesterday….
This year was the warmest in China’s history since 1951 with the annual average temperature 1 degree Celsius higher than previous years, Qin said. The CMA statistics show that during the year disasters caused by bad weather led to over 2,700 deaths and economic losses of 212 billion yuan (US$26.5 billion). A total of seven typhoons and severe tropical storms hit the country this year resulting in over 1,200 deaths, 300 missing and direct economic losses of about 70 billion yuan (US$8.8 billion)….[Full Text]