China’s most senior weather official has given a strong warning on climate change, saying that rising temperatures could have “huge impacts” on the country’s food and water supplies, state media reported on Sunday.
“As the world warms, risks of climate change and climate disasters to China could become more grave,” Zheng said.
Zheng called for China to take a “low-carbon development path” but he also told state media that the potential for wind and solar energy was “limited”.
The weather official’s comments come as China and other large emitters prepare to release national climate plans
that will outline potential emissions cuts and measures to adapt to climate change.
The plans, which will be submitted the UN over the next few months, will form the basis of a climate summit to be held in Paris at the end of this year, where it is hoped countries will agree a comprehensive deal to cut greenhouse gases.
Record ocean heat, high land-surface temperatures and devastating flooding were some of the defining characteristics of the global climate last year, said the World Meteorological Organisation.