Researchers put China’s economic losses from drought at US$17.7 billion per year, based on the average from 2006 to 2015. Photo: Reuters

Drought may cost China US$47 billion a year as temperatures rise, study finds

Researchers say economic losses will more than double if the global average goes up by 1.5 degrees – and a 2-degree increase would be significantly worse

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Researchers put China’s economic losses from drought at US$17.7 billion per year, based on the average from 2006 to 2015. Photo: Reuters
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Alice Shen

Alice Shen

Alice is a Hong Kong economy and business reporter at the South China Morning Post. Born in central China and raised in the northwestern province of Xinjiang, she studied biology, economics and journalism in Peking University and Boston University.