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 user 2007-02-06 at 10:17:00 am Views: 44
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    Climate change ‘affecting’ China
    least 300,000 people in north-west China are short of drinking water
    because of unseasonably warm weather, which officials link to climate
    change.Parts of Shaanxi province face drought after January saw as
    little as 10% of average rainfall, state media say.Frozen lakes are
    melting and trees are blossoming in the capital Beijing as it
    experiences its warmest winter for 30 years, the China Daily
    reported.China is the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gases,
    after the US.The country’s top meteorologist, Qin Dahe, said the recent
    dry and warm weather in northern China was related to global
    warming.But he told reporters that China was committed to improving
    energy efficiency, and planned to reduce carbon dioxide and other
    emissions by 20% in the next five years.Mr Qin was China’s
    representative on an inter-governmental panel on climate change, which
    last week released a report saying mankind was very likely the cause of
    global climate change.His comments, at a press conference in Beijing,
    mark the Chinese government’s first official response to the report’s

    Developed countries bear an unshirkable responsibility Jiang Yu Foreign ministry spokesperson.

    No cheap fix
    Chinese government is taking climate change extremely seriously,” he
    said. “President Hu Jintao has said that climate change is not just an
    environmental issue but also a development issue.”But he warned that
    for China, as a rapidly developing nation, to completely transform its
    energy structure and use clean energy “would need a lot of
    money”.China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Jiang Yu, reiterated the
    government’s commitment to curbing greenhouse bases.But, at her regular
    briefing, she also attacked wealthy nations as being the most of the
    blame for the current crisis.”Developed countries bear an unshirkable
    responsibility,” she said, adding that they should “lead the way in
    assuming responsibility for emissions cuts”.Although China is trying to
    develop alternative energy sources, it is still the world’s biggest
    consumer and producer of coal.It is expected to surpass the US as the
    world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the next decade.