China glaciers shrink 15 percent in warming

May 21, 2014
Two Tibetan woman stand at the foot of the 7,191 metre Nojing Kangtsang glacier February 27, 2007

China's glaciers have shrunk by thousands of square kilometres over the past 30 years as a result of climate change, state-run media reported Wednesday.

The Qinghai-Tibet plateau in western China has seen its glaciers shrink by 15 percent, or 8,000 square kilometres (3,089 square miles), the official Xinhua news agency cited the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as saying.

Glacier melt in the region, which includes the Chinese portion of the Himalayas, has accelerated since the 1990s, the report cited researchers as saying, the latest sign of the impact of in the region.

The report cited CAS researcher Kang Shichang as saying that "more and bigger cracks" have appeared in ice on Mount Everest, a sign of "rapidly melting glaciers".

The Qinghai-Tibet plateau covers the area China calls the Tibetan Autonomous Region as well as highland parts of neighbouring provinces.

Kang added that over the long term the glacial melt could substantially reduce the flow into several of Asia's main rivers, which originate on the Tibetan plateau.

Climate change poses a major threat to water security worldwide, according to a March report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The panel said last year it was 95 percent certain that humans were the main cause of increases in average global temperatures, which it predicts will rise by between 0.3 and 4.8 degrees Celsius (0.5 to 8.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of this century.

The report said the increase could be limited to two degrees C (3.6 degrees F) if a major change in energy sourcing and consumption took place.

The IPCC has said that Himalayan glaciers will shrink by nearly half if global average temperatures rise by 1.8 degrees C by 2100.

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runrig
5 / 5 (9) May 21, 2014
Uh oh...
China's in on the conspiracy now.
Maggnus
5 / 5 (8) May 21, 2014
Lol! The loons are going to have seizures!
thermodynamics
5 / 5 (7) May 21, 2014
Uh oh...
China's in on the conspiracy now.


Clearly, it is the socialism in China that is driving this conspiracy! Let the lunacy begin!!! Where is Rygg2?
antigoracle
1 / 5 (6) May 29, 2014
These "brilliant" comments from the AGW Cult's Chicken Littles, confirms that what little brain they got is also being shrunk by global warming. The science is settled.
rockwolf1000
5 / 5 (6) May 29, 2014
These "brilliant" comments from the AGW Cult's Chicken Littles, confirms that what little brain they got is also being shrunk by global warming. The science is settled.


If only we could figure out what happened to your brain. My guess is someone run off with it when you weren't looking.

"The science is settled." It's amazing you were able to figure that out considering someone stole your brain. Perhaps one day you will find it, and maybe generate a brilliant comment of your very own. Be sure to let us all know if/when that day arrives.
antigoracle
1 / 5 (5) Jun 05, 2014
Well, at least I had a brain. Can't say the same for rockturd.
Caliban
5 / 5 (4) Jun 07, 2014
Well, at least I had a brain. Can't say the same for rockturd.


Oh, my Lord, auntiegriselda! However did you get a rock in your diaper?