China and climate change in the post-Copenhagen era

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East Asia Forum

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Friday, 25 June 2010

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  • Article

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External to ACUI

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Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report shows the global surface temperature increased 0.74 °C in the past 100 years (1906-2005), mostly because of the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. More drastically, China’s National Assessment Report on Climate Change predicts that average temperatures in China will rise by 2-3 °C over the next 50-80 years if no action is taken. Even if one is not completely convinced by the science, the likelihood of climate change occurring means that the most prudent course is to take action. Indeed, as the Copenhagen summit illustrates, most nation-states have already begun to take action.