The World Can’t Fight Climate Change Without East Asia
More global efforts are needed from China, Japan, and South Korea to keep temperature increases below 1.5 degree Celsius.
In East Asia, spring comes with cherry blossoms. The white and pink flowers usually give people joy and hope. However, this year, it also gave East Asian citizens another alarming signal, because the bloom was too early. Kyoto in Japan recorded its earliest cherry blossom bloom in 1,200 years. Seoul in South Korea also saw its earliest bloom, on March 24, since observation started in 1922. Climate scientists said that due to global warming, the last spring frosts were occurring earlier and consequently flowering was occurring sooner
The effects of climate change are unfortunately not limited to the early blooming of flowers. Climate change influences the biological life cycles of many crops, vegetables, fruits, and plants, causing critical problems for food security and the livelihood of farmers. In recent years, the food supplies in East Africa were significantly affected by crop failures, droughts, and locust swarms. Scientists and experts warn that climate change could be way more devastating than COVID-19 – just think of how the world and our lives would look if we had a global food crisis in addition to a global pandemic
Scientific solution to avoid global climate change is crystal-clear. We need to hold the rise in global average temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. To do that, global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide need to be reduced by half by 2030 and to “net zero” around 2050. However, the Initial NDC Synthesis Report of the UNFCCC in February 2021 analyzed the Nationally Determine Contributions (NDCs) submitted by 75 parties, representing 30 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and concluded that “their combined impact puts them on a path to achieve a less than 1 per cent reduction by 2030 compared to 2010 levels”
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