The story is the same in Daxing, Shunyi and Xicheng, where district authorities have targeted population cuts of 1.7 million, 1.3 million and 1.1 million, respectively.
In Haidian, the government has said it plans to relocate several educational, medical and training facilities out of the district by 2020 so as to achieve a 15 per cent reduction in its long-term population from 2014 levels.
A global temperature rise of 1.5 C would mean an average increase in the region of about 2.1 C, with differences between mountain ranges – all of which will warm by more than 1.5 C.
The Hindu Kush mountain range would warm by about 2.3 C and the eastern Himalayas by some 1.9 C, the study forecast.
Lu Jiehua, a professor of sociology at Peking University in Beijing, said that if the migrant population fell significantly it would result in a spike in the cost of living.
“Low-end service industry jobs, like caring for children or the elderly, are taken by migrant workers,” he said.
The glaciers, they said, melted three times faster during those 12 years than in the period 1986-2003.
“Even if temperatures stabilise at their current level, (glacier) mass loss will continue for decades to come,” the researchers added.
For the high mountain glaciers to survive, “it is essential to minimise the global temperature increase.” Swathes of South Asia and China depend on meltwater from Himalayan glaciers for drinking water, electricity generation and irrigation.
“The movement of non-capital functions outside the city is working. and a downright change of population growth momentum,” the report said.
India to dethrone China as world’s most populated country in seven years, UN says According to the report, almost 74 per cent of Beijing citizens were “satisfied” with the government’s efforts to reduce the population, though it did not say how many people were polled.