Taiwan faces watery future: Greenpeace

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 25, 2020
By: Yang Mien-chieh / Staff reporter

A map produced by Greenpeace Taiwan shows areas of Taipei and New Taipei City that could be prone to flooding from rising sea levels and storm surges.
Photo courtesy of Greenpeace Taiwan

If Taiwan fails to curb its carbon dioxide emissions over the next 30 years, rising sea levels and storm surges would pose a threat to millions of residents in the six special municipalities, Greenpeace Taiwan said yesterday as it urged the central and local governments to take action.

The call came as the environmental group released a report on its analysis of the problems that Taiwan could face as the global sea level rises, warning that the seas around Taiwan are rising at twice the global average due to the nation’s location and influence from ocean currents.

Greenpeace climate and energy campaign director Lena Chang (張皪心) told a news conference in Taipei that the analysis showed that global warming has the potential to severely affect Taiwan, but it is not just the central government that needs to take action, but also the mayors of the six cities.

The special municipalities account for more than 70 percent of Taiwan’s population, “so their mayors have a responsibility to protect their residents’ lives and property from threats,” she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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