Climate change will harm China’s ecology and economy in the coming decades, possibly causing large drops in agricultural output, said a government report made public Wednesday.
The report, issued by six government departments including the State Meteorological Bureau, the China Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Technology, comes several days after state media said 2006 was hotter than average with more natural disasters than normal.
“Climate change will increase the instability of agricultural production,” the report said, according to the official Xinhua News Agency on Wednesday. “If no measures are taken, in the latter half of the century production of wheat, corn and rice in China will drop by as much as 37 percent.”
The article quotes Xinhua and meteorological officials in reporting that China saw a one-degree Celsius increase in average temperatures and a half-inch decrease in average precipitation in 2006. [Full Text]