China: We’re not ready to deal with the impact of climate change
China, the world's biggest current contributor to global warming, is already seeing the effects of its coal-dependent economy as dangerous air pollution smothers its major cities. But the climate change's impact is only going to get worse -- and according to a report released Monday by the government's economic planning agency, a lack of planning and public awareness has left the country critically unprepared. From Reuters:
"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.
"The mission to deal with climate change is very arduous, but knowledge in society and ability to do this are weak across the board."