China Ice Festival Feels Heat From Climate Change – Kitty Bu
Chinese scientists have warned that climate change is hurting the most famous draw in the northern city of Harbin — its annual ice sculpture contest.
Average annual temperatures in the city perched on the edge of Siberia hit 6.6 degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit) last year, the highest average since records began, and the ice sculptures are feeling the heat.
“In the beginning of December 2002, ice lanterns in Harbin melted right after they were sculpted. What came out of the work was sweaty ice sculptures,” Yin Xuemian, senior meteorologist at the Heilongjiang Observatory, told Reuters. [Full Text]
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