Critics accuse Chinese authorities of overemphasizing more politically convenient explanations for...
Aug 6, 2013
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...
May 11, 2013
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...
Apr 17, 2010
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...
Nov 13, 2009
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...
Nov 7, 2009
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...
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...
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...
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...
Mar 28, 2008
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...
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...
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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