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China says poorly prepared to fight impact of climate change

Published on Dec 9, 2013 4:15 PM
 
Cracked earth marks a dried-up area near a wind turbine used to generate electricity at a wind farm in Guazhou, 950km north-west of Lanzhou, Gansu Province on Sept 15, 2013. China is poorly prepared to tackle the impact of climate change that presents a serious threat to the country, thanks to a lack of planning and public awareness, the government said on Monday, Dec 9, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China is poorly prepared to tackle the impact of climate change that presents a serious threat to the country, thanks to a lack of planning and public awareness, the government said on Monday.

The world's most populous country already faces challenges from weather extremes, with 2,000 people dying on average each year since the 1990s in natural disasters that are set to get worse, China's powerful economic planning agency said.

"Our country is a developing nation with a large population, complex climate conditions and a weak environment (situation)," the National Development and Reform Commission said in a report.

"Climate change is already a serious threat to food, water, ecological and energy security, and to people's lives and property," it added.

 
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