Climate Changes to Hammer China Hard

Global climate change will have a heavy impact on China's agricultural production, according to a latest research findings.

"If we do not take urgent measures, crops yields in China may decrease by 5 to 10 percent in the coming 30 years," a researcher was quoted as saying in Friday's China Daily.

About 10 percent of China's farmland is going to vanish because of global warming, said Lin Erda, president of the Agro-meterology Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and acting head of a UK-China climate project.

In addition to decreases and fluctuations in crop yields, therewill be changes in the disposition of china's agricultural lands and possible increases in investment in the sector, Lin said.

Chinese government has attached great importance to the environmental protection and has effectively curbed emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide by controlling population growth, improving energy efficiency and expanding afforestation work, the newspaper said.

Official statistics indicate that between 1998 and 2002, China earmarked a total of 580 billion yuan (70 billion US dollars) for environmental protection, accounting for 1.29 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) for the period.

People's Daily Online ---