Taiwan climate model outlines growing threats
Researchers at Academia Sinica have developed a global-scale climate model suggesting that climate change could have a significant impact on Taiwan without mitigating policy measures.
According to the Research Center for Environmental Changes, the model forecasts more extreme weather in Taiwan by the end of the century if global warming continues at its current pace.
And that means the number of tropical storms to hit Taiwan could see a 40% drop from around the current 30 per year, but the intensity of the storms is expected to increase.
The model also suggests that a reduction in the number of weather fronts bringing rain to Taiwan in spring could cause substantial declines in the water supply.
And the Academia Sinica research teamsays Taiwan needs to be prepared to cope with a wide range of related issues from public health to energy supply given the possibility of those developments.