Critics accuse Chinese authorities of overemphasizing more politically convenient explanations for...
by Sophie Beach | Jun 13, 2009
The Asia Socety’s China Green project continues its series on the disappearing glcaiers of the Tibetan plateau with two new videos. From “On Thinner Ice: Everest’s Vanishing Glaciers”: A quick visual tour...
by Sophie Beach | Mar 5, 2009
The Guardian reports on a new project in Xinjiang that aims to collect water from melting glaciers to address the country’s water problem: The far western province of Xinjiang, home to many of the planet’s highest...
by Xiao Qiang | Jul 31, 2008
Jonathan Watts reports in the Guardian (with video clips): Up close, the sound of global warming at the face of the Urumqi No1 Glacier is a simple, steady drip, drip, drip. Just 30 metres from the main wall, the flood of...
by Sophie Beach | Mar 24, 2008
For Earth Policy Institute, Lester Brown writes that shrinking glaciers in China and India could affect the food supply not only in those countries but around the world: Yao Tandong, a leading Chinese glaciologist, reports that...
by Michael Zhao | Dec 21, 2007
Translated by CDT from People Online: China’s glaciers have retreated 7.4% on average compared with the period between 1950s-1980s, according to a recent glacier resources survey led by former meteorological chief Qin Dahe, a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The survey covered nearly 20,000 square kilometers of clean-cap glaciers in China. Glaciers that […]
by Michael Zhao | Jul 29, 2007
More to melt, and less water for an already dry northwestern region. Translated from Lanzhou Evening Post via sina.com (photo: Tianshan Mountain, via wikipedia.org): Global warming, a 40-year research concludes, has helped largely to melt almost 14% of the #1 glacier for Urumqi River source at Tianshan Mountain in Xinjiang, shrinking by .27 square kilometer […]
by Wu Nan | Apr 17, 2007
From Reuters: China has created artificial snow for the first time in Tibet to head off possible drought, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, months after experts warned of melting glaciers in the Himalayan region. The Tibet meteorological station had performed a “successful artificial snowfall operation” last week in northern Tibet, about 4,500 meters above […]
by Michael Zhao | Apr 12, 2007
From Xinhua via Beijing Review (photo: snow-capped Qinghai-Tibet rail line, via flickr.com): Glaciers in China have shrunk by 3,248 square kilometers in the past 40 years, according to a new analysis. The area of glaciers has shrunk by 5.5 percent since the 1960s and the volume has dwindled by 389 cubic kilometers, about seven percent […]
by Michael Zhao | May 3, 2006
From Reuters via China Daily (link): Glaciers covering China’s Qinghai–Tibet plateau are shrinking by 7 percent a year due to global warming and the environmental consequences may be dire, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday. Rising temperatures that have accelerated the melting of glaciers across the “roof of the world” will eventually turn tundra that […]
by Xiao Qiang | Mar 16, 2005
From AP, via The Washington Post: The shrinking of Himalayan glaciers could fuel an upswing in flooding in China, India and Nepal, before creating water shortages for hundreds of millions of people across the region, a leading environmental group warned Monday. In a report, the Switzerland-based World Wide Fund for Nature said the rate of […]
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