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China Is Heating Up Faster Than The Global Average, Data Shows

  • Temperatures, sea levels increased faster than global rate
  • National Climate Center releases annual report on climate
Smoke stacks on the outskirts of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.

Smoke stacks on the outskirts of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China has seen faster temperature increases and rising sea levels than the global average rate over the past few decades, and experienced more frequent extreme weather events, according to official data.

From 1951 to 2019, China’s temperate rose an average of 0.24 degrees Celsius every ten years, according to the Blue Book on Climate Change published this week by the National Climate Center. The center is China’s top climate research center and is affiliated with the Meteorological Administration.