China’s Coastal Sea Level Rising Faster Than Global Average, Government Says
What’s new: The sea level measured on China’s coast saw an 3.9 millimeter (mm) rise in 2020, greater than the global average, according to a report by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
While the report didn’t give a precise figure for the global average, scientists have estimated the average rise in sea level worldwide to be about 3.6 mm a year.
The country’s coastal sea level was 73 mm higher in 2020 than the 1993-2011 average, according to the ministry’s report. It is expected to rise by 55 mm to 170 mm in the next 30 years, the report said.
What’s more: Due to the effects of climate change, China’s coastal sea level has been trending upwards over the past 40 years, according to the report. The coastal sea levels measured in all of the Chinese mainland’s regions were higher last year than the 1993-2011 average, the report said.
The report also said that last year the coastal areas of eastern province of Zhejiang and southern province of Guangdong were most affected by storm surges and flooding. The disasters caused an economic loss of 355 million yuan ($54.7 million) in Zhejiang and nearly 50 million yuan in Guangdong, the report added.
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