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Tom Van de Weghe already realized in 2010 how ‘HOT’ Yunnan would become.

Today I spoke with Tom Van de Weghe, an award-winning VRT journalist about China because I know that is his thing. In addition to a China expert, Tom has also studied AI for more than one year at Standford University and he also realizes better than anyone how polluting all this new technology actually is. But in short, if you talk about Geopolitics, deepfake, China, America, … he’s your man.

My reason to also talk about China was a research report about his beloved region in China, Yunnan. The 106-page study was ‘old news’ because it dates back to 2014, but it worried me.

This report was just the tip of the iceberg. Yunnan is the region that warms the fastest on earth.

To raise public awareness about global warming, the Climate Change Group of LAMPS at York University generated annual mean temperature change time series under RCP 2.6 (33 models), RCP 4.5 (43 models), RCP6.0 (25 models) and RCP8.5 (40 models) using the KNMI Climate Explorer. They are not for commercial use.

Who ever said that China is a far cry from my bedside?

Tom told me about his report that was made 4 years before the report. We cannot say that the signals are not there. But sometimes you need the right ‘can opener’.

Who wants to get their teeth into the file. Feel free to go ahead.

BSAP stands for “Baltic Sea Action plan”. An ambitious plan to focus mainly on cleaning up the heavily polluted Baltic Sea, connecting electricity and transport networks, removing trade barriers and combating human trafficking and organized crime along the borders. The plan should normally be realized this year. But that is clearly not going to work out.

I think we have long since realized that what is happening on the other side of the world can have a very significant impact on everyone on this planet. But thank you Tom. I look forward to a sequel.

In the meantime I am going to plant trees.

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