Extreme weather events may cause severe damage to the ecological environment and even loss of life. Through the voting activity, the Hong Kong Observatory hopes to arouse the public’s attention to significant weather and climate events in Hong Kong and around the world and enhance their understanding on climate change and its impacts on human lives.
Stepping into 2021, the Hong Kong Observatory compiled a new set of 30-year climatological normals for Hong Kong based on the meteorological data measured at the Hong Kong Observatory Headquarters and other key meteorological stations in the period from 1991 to 2020.
We begin this year with a heightened awareness of the importance of resilience. The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that we cannot afford to ignore known risks. Climate disruption is a risk we are well aware of. The science has never been clearer. We are facing a Climate Emergency.
The increased risks in mountain environments as a result of accelerated changes in cryosphere and the need for continuous monitoring of mountain conditions, in particular the focus on monitoring changes in snow, glaciers, and frozen ground (permafrost) conditions, has been highlighted at the WMO’s High Mountain Summit in October 2019.
Scientists say that disasters like this have been made more likely due to human-induced climate change, as global warming has increased the number of glacial lakes. Traditionally, avalanches in winter are not common.
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