tirsdag 30. april 2024

‘It worries me deeply’: Five Chinese experts on climate change

Last year the world was warmer than in any since records began. China experienced a spate of heatwaves, droughts, rainstorms and typhoons. This extreme weather was down to a mixture of human-caused climate change and the return of the El Niño natural weather phenomenon. We are all more likely to feel the impact of climate change now that extreme weather is the new normal. As a result, energy transition, climate adaptation and related issues have become more pressing than ever.

How China responds to these challenges is crucial, and not just in terms of policy at the macro scale.

With this in mind, and as we enter the Year of the Dragon, we asked civil society groups and academics active in China’s environmental sector about the work they have been doing over the past 12 months. What did they think was the most significant environment-related event or policy of 2023? And what gave them the greatest sense of accomplishment?