In a recent statement, Mr. Ren Fumin, chief instructor of the China Meteorological Administration, cited climate change as the reason for such extreme weather this year across the country, saying that the relentless rainstorms and hot temperatures were due to increased heat and its abnormal circulation over the northern hemisphere.
Other scientists, such as Dr. Zong Yongqiang of the University of Hong Kong, agree that the region’s overall temperature rise is part of human-caused global warming.
Zong Yongqiang - Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong (M): In the last few thousand years, the global climate actually has been cooling, so temperature has been falling, particularly on the northern hemisphere, China or East Asia included.
But if you look at the climate record in the last 200 years, this falling trend actually has been reversed. So in the last 200 years, we saw the temperature was rising. So that basically changed the long-term climate trajectory, which is very, very strong evidence for the sort of argument that recent climate warming is due to human-made impact.
VOICE: China has recorded nearly two full days of additional hot weather than previous years on average, while satellite-monitoring data on July 25 showed that the surface temperature in some regions of Inner Mongolia, Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces had reached a sweltering 45 degrees Celsius.
Moreover, since March, storms and floods across 28 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities have claimed nearly 1,000 lives with hundreds of people still missing.
According to the most recent information released by the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, the total economic loss is estimated at US$27 billion.
Dr. Zong Yongqiang (M): The climate warming in the last 10, 20 years has significantly changed the weather patterns in China. We’ve seen more and more warm winters. We also recorded quite a lot of really hot summers, and summer is much warmer. This is noticeable I think, to most Chinese people in the last 20 years. Such changes have caused lots of problems, including increased snowfall in the last two years.
VOICE: We thank Mr. Ren Fumin and Dr. Zong Yongqiang for sharing their expert knowledge on the current effects of global warming. With sorrow for the suffering caused by such extreme weather patterns, we pray that citizens everywhere will join hands to protect our planet from further calamities through our caring lifestyle choices.
During an October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed as on many previous occasions the urgency of global warming as well the fastest way to reverse its life-threatening impacts.