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Global warming causes Taiwan sea level to rise: expert

Scholar warns that higher tides may cover land of island's south coast by century end

Global warming causes Taiwan sea level to rise: expert

A scholar issued a warning yesterday on the effects of global warming, saying that Taiwan's sea level has been rising at a rate of 0.32 cm per year, faster than China and other countries.
As the Asia Pacific Dive Equipment and Marketing Action Fair commenced yesterday, National Taiwan University Institute of Oceanography Professor Fan Kuang-lung released a report on Taiwann's maritime environment crisis.
Sea levels around the world are gradually on the rise due to global warming, said the report. In his research several years ago, Fan discovered that Taiwan's sea level was rising at an annual average of 0.32 cm, higher than China's 0.26 cm and the global average of 0.1 to 0.2 cm.
The tidal land in central and southern Taiwan suffers from constant flooding, said Fan. If the sea level keeps rising at such a fast speed, it is feared the land will be swallowed up by the end of the century, Fan cautioned.
Another scholar also warned in the fair of the influence of over-development and pollution causing the marine species around Taiwan to vanish at a fast speed.
Marine life
Academia Sinica Biodiversity Research Center Director Shau Kuang-chao said in his report “Biodiversity and Conservation of Taiwan's Marine Life” that the number of marine life around Taiwan is 12,000. However, the sealife has been disappearing rapidly for various reasons such as coastal overdevelopment, overfishing, habitat destruction, and pollution over the past thirty to forty years.
Shau said that the most effective conservation methods were fishing restrictions and the setting up of marine protection zone, which are, sadly, difficult to be put into practice in Taiwan. Shau warned of a possible future without any fish in the ocean if actions were not taken promptly by the government.


Updated : 2021-09-20 04:39 GMT+08:00