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Climate Change Gets Serious in Korea
Pyongyang, July 17 (KCNA) -- The Hydro-meteorological Service of the DPRK comprehensively studied and analyzed the climate change for the past five years to predict the climate change for the upcoming five years.

According to it, the climate change in Korea has been characterized by the increase in temperature and rainfall as well as typhoon, torrential rain, flood, drought and biting cold causing devastating damage.

The yearly average temperature for the past five years was 8.5 degrees Celsius, 0.3 degrees rise from the average year.

Over the 20th century the average global temperature rose by the average of 0.074 degrees Celsius for every decade. In Korea the yearly average temperature rise of 0.2 degrees Celsius was recorded, 2.7 times that of the worldwide rate.

Precipitation increased also as a result of torrential rain.

During the years under survey, the record of maximum rainfall was reset in several regions and those regions with almost no record of downpour also suffered.

In July and August last year more than 400 mm rain fell in two days in Anju-Kaechon area and 274 mm rain in one day in Hochon-Komdok area which rarely saw downpour in the past, causing severe damage.

The intensity of typhoon has escalated.

Typhoon 15 which swept across Korea last year had the central atmospheric pressure of 910hPa and the maximum wind speed was 50 m/s. When it reached the area north of 40 degrees north latitude, the central atmospheric pressure reached 975hPa and the maximum wind speed 28 m/s, causing big damage to almost all areas of the country.

Bitter cold persisted in the winter time.

The long spell of cold that persisted for 38 days from December 24, 2010 to January 30, 2011, recording temperature 10 degrees lower than the average, was the second longest in the period under survey and the one that hit the country for 21 days in 2009 and 2012 each was the third longest in the period.

It is expected that warming will persist for five years from 2013 to 2017.

According to data available, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is expected to rise about 0.004% in 2020 from the present 0.039 percent and the average global temperature to rise 0.6-0.7 degrees Celsius higher than the average year.

This will affect Korea, causing the average yearly temperature rise of 0.5 degrees Celsius at present to reach 9 degrees Celsius in 2017.

The global warming is likely to increase the danger from disastrous climate change such as flood accompanied by torrential rain, typhoon and tidal flood in the future, too.

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