Climate change risk and response : droughts as extreme weather events in China

Esterhuyse, Harrie (Stellenbosch University, Centre for Chinese Studies, 2012-10)


Climate change is leading to an increase in extreme weather events globally. Different communities and different ecosystems are impacted in various ways by these events. It is important to understand what the different vulnerabilities and exposures are for different regions, so as to be better prepared to mitigate and adapt to reduce extreme weather event risk. This fifth CCS Discussion Paper for 2012 evaluates the extreme weather event risk of two drought hit areas in China. This study, indirectly, also illuminates some ways in which developing countries, especially relevant in the China–Africa relationship, can learn from each other; both from successes and mistakes.

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