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Taiwan seeing bigger temperature range

2011/01/22 15:24:31

Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) Taiwan has experienced a bigger range oftemperatures in recent years and this trend is expected to continuedue to the influence of global warming, the Central Weather Bureau(CWB) said Saturday.

According to the CWB's latest statistics, the Danshui WeatherStation in northern Taiwan recorded a difference in temperature of32.7 degrees Celsius last year, compared to 31.9 degrees in 2009 and29 degrees in 2008, respectively.

The station said the highest temperature for last year of 37.3degrees was recorded on Aug. 4, while the lowest of 4.6 degreesoccurred on March 10.

"Extreme weather events are happening worldwide as the globalwarming situation continues, and Taiwan is no exception, " said ChiaHsin-hsing, a CWB section chief.

Chia pointed out that the two criteria that define extremeweather -- a huge range of temperature and rainfall-- are becomingnoticeable in Taiwan.

The government is aware of the problem.

In the 2010 U.S.-Taiwan Clean Energy Forum and Exhibition lastDecember, President Ma Ying-jeou said Taiwan's average temperature inthe lower elevations of the island climbed 1.2 degrees over the lastcentury, compared to the global average of a 0.74 degree-rise.

In response, Ma said the government has put forward the conceptof "saving the country through environmental protection" andintroduced four carbon reduction laws to prevent Taiwan from furtherclimate impacts.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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