Improved Outlook for Himalayan Water Supply

Ars Technica’s Scott K. Johnson reports that the effects of retreating Himalayan glaciers on China’s rivers this century may be fairly limited, offering some rare respite from a stream of bad news about the...

Pole-Land: The Climate of Tibet

The Economist examines conflicting research into the effects of climate change on the Tibetan plateau and surrounding mountains, known collectively as Earth’s “Third Pole”: Until recently studies of the Third...

Fading Shangri-La: Melting on the Sacred Mountain

Asia Society’s China Green project has produced a new video about the melting glaciers on one of Tibet’s holiest sites: Mt Khawa Karpo, known by Chinese as Meili Snow Mountain, is among the most sacred mountains in...

Less Blessed 神山恩渐少

As part of their China Green project, Asia Society has released a new documentary about the Yellow River. Watch it here: The Yellow River, also known as “China’s Sorrow,” often doesn’t reach the sea. Once the source of...

Vanishing Glaciers Jolt Smokestack China

Michael Sheridan writes on the disappearing glaciers of the Tibetan plateau, for Times Online: The speed and scale of change on the Tibetan plateau have made Chinese leaders react to something they understand — a potential...

Video: On Thinner Ice: The Tibetan Plateau in Peril

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...

Xinjiang’s Melting Glaciers

Tibetan riots aren’t the only crisis the government faces in western China. A couple hundred kilometers north of Lhasa, the Xinjiang capital is struggling with an ominous climate change problem that appears to be...

More Than Four in Five Chinese Glaciers Retreating – People Online

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 […]

Tianshan Mountain Glacier Shrinks 14% – Lanzhou Evening Post

More to melt, and less water for an already dry northwestern region. Translated from Lanzhou Evening Post via (photo: Tianshan Mountain, via 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 […]

China Creates Tibetan Snow as Glaciers Melt – Reuters

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 […]

Glaciers Gradually Shrinking at Alarming Rate – Xinhua

From Xinhua via Beijing Review (photo: snow-capped Qinghai-Tibet rail line, via 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 […]

“Roof of the world” glaciers melting fast – Reuters

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 […]

Jonathan Fowler: Group Warns of Shrinking Glaciers’ Effect

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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