Climate change is expected to severely impact Taiwan in the future, affecting more than 1.2 million people due to rising sea levels by 2050, Greenpeace spokesperson Tang An said on Sept. 22. About 1,398 square kilometers could be under the sea level, which is equal to 5,377 Daan Forest Parks, Tang said.
據綠色和平發表的《全球暖化下台灣海平面上升衝擊分析》報告指出，全球和台灣地表溫度過去一百多年已有明顯增加的趨勢，台灣約增加 1.3℃；未來推估將持續升溫， 21世紀末台灣可能增溫超過3 ℃。
Based on an analysis published earlier by Greenpeace, Taiwan seems to have had a significant soaring land surface temperature over the past decades. The temperature increased by 1.3 degrees. Accordingly, Greenpeace estimates that the temperature will continue to rise between now and the end of the twenty-first century, up to 3 degrees.
Tang said rising sea levels caused by global warming would affect the coastal areas in southwestern Taiwan the most. Tainan City would suffer the most with around 310 square kilometers to be flooded.
Tang stressed that in this fight against climate change, Taiwan should take more progressive actions. The reason was that climate change would result in rising sea levels, high temperature, drought and flood; and these all would strike Taiwan severely.
Greenpeace, along with more than 60 youths and volunteers, called the authorities, especially the 2020 presidential candidates, to propose policies covering sustainable energy and actions on climate change.
By Lai Chih-chang (賴志昶)
Translated by Carol Kan