fredag 31. desember 2021

In 2021, Extreme Weather Woke China Up to Climate Change

With a low-lying, typhoon-battered coastline and inland regions faced with desertification, melting glaciers, and sweltering summer heat, China would seem like it has plenty to fear from climate change. Nevertheless, researchers in 2019 looking into how the Chinese public viewed the issue found that they were relatively unconcerned.

But the past year has brought big shifts. Climate change is increasingly a topic of discussion in China. Sixth Tone’s analysis of a Chinese news database that summarized how often related keywords appeared in media articles showed that such mentions have skyrocketed. In 2019, fewer than 800,000 articles on the subject were published in Chinese media. This figure increased to nearly 1.5 million in 2020 and over 3.2 million this year.