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Climate change: Global challenge requires global response

  • Lee Ying-yuan

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Taipei   /   Thu, November 1, 2018   /  01:03 pm
Climate change: Global challenge requires global response Illustration of carbon emission, reported to rise for the first time in three years. (Shutterstock/kodda)

Continued growth in emissions of greenhouse gases around the world has caused abnormal and extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts and catastrophic torrential rains. 

These events are no longer just abstract future scenarios; they are happening today in all corners of the globe.

Average temperatures in Taiwan in the past two years have been the highest in 100 years. Since 2017, rainfall has dropped markedly, affecting Taiwan’s hydroelectricity generation. Indeed, these recent developments are having a considerable impact and pose a significant threat.

Other parts of the world have witnessed similar trends. During the 2018 summer, many countries across the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia, North America and North Africa have experienced record-breaking heat waves and deadly wildfires that seriously jeopardize human hea...

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