BEIJING May 4 Climate change threatens some of
China's most important infrastructure projects, China's top
meteorologist warned in a state newspaper, adding the country's
rate of warming was higher than the global average.
Zheng Guoguang, head of China's Meteorological
Administration, told the weekly newspaper the Study Times that
the uptick in recent weather disasters such as floods, typhoons,
droughts and heatwaves had a "big connection" to climate change.
Such catastrophes were a threat to big-ticket schemes such
as the Three Gorges Dam and a high-altitude railway to Tibet, he
"Against the backdrop of the global warming, the risks faced
by our large engineering projects have increased," Zheng told
the newspaper's latest edition, published on Monday.
"Global warming affects the safety and stability of these
big projects, as well as their operations and economic
effectiveness, technological standards and engineering methods,"
he added in the paper, published by the Central Party School,
which trains rising officials.
China's rate of warming was "at an obviously higher rate"
than the global average, with the north of the country warming
faster than the south and winters faster than the summer, Zheng
"The first decade of this century was the hottest in the
past 100 years," he added.
Dealing with climate change was necessary for China to put
its economy on a more sustainable growth path, Zheng said,
something the country's leadership has been aiming for.
"Climate change is a lever which can push our country's
Coal accounts for about 60 percent of China's CO2 emissions,
which are causing massive health problems because of the smog
China, the world's biggest emitter of climate-changing
greenhouse gases, has sought to shift increasingly to cleaner
burning hydrocarbons such as natural gas and to renewable
In a joint announcement with the United States last year,
Beijing said it would aim to peak its fast-rising emissions
"around" 2030, and the United States said it would seek to cut
emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Alex Richardson)