"Warmer weather is good for us British. But of course we cannot be selfish as the warming is global," joked Professor John Beddington at a seminar on "Climate Change and the Role for Science in Mitigation" in Guangzhou on Wednesday.
Professor John Beddington (2nd from right), the Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK government, in the seminar
The Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK government pointed out that the global temperature is predicted to rise by 1.8 - 4 ℃ by 2100. "The changing temperature will increase risk of dangerous feedbacks and abrupt, large-scale shifts in the climate system, such as extreme rainfall, drought, heat waves and strong cyclone."
"The emission of carbon dioxide can result in ice melting. Located in the Pearl River Delta, the edge of the sea, the southern Guangdong province is being affected by more acidic seawater intrusion," the scientist said.
China has witnessed some impacts of the climate change -- its north suffering from over-rainfall and the south from more droughts.
According to Mr. Beddington, temperatures in China could rise by about 2℃ above pre-industrial levels by 2050, and 4℃ or more by the end of the century. The worst impingement could be avoided if the global temperature goes up less than 2℃.
Seminar attendants including NGO staff and scholars from South-China-based institutions also put forward their advice on environmental protection, seeking cooperation on green technologies.
The British and Chinese governments have reached agreement to cope with global warming. In June 2007, China launched the National Climate Change Program. In February 2009, at the Annual UK - China Summit, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao agreed to strengthen the 2008 UK-China Partnership on Climate Change.
(By Jessie Hwang)