Monday, July 23, 2007

The climate crisis in Tibet

By Michael J.W. Stickings

I haven't blogged much recently on the climate crisis -- and I need to get back on track and do more of it -- but I wanted to mention this interesting piece at the BBC on the impact of global warming on Tibet, and specifically on the remote western plateau of Qinghai province.

With "a fragile ecosystem," "global warming is already having a major impact" there. Qinghai lake is shrinking -- higher temperatures mean more evaporation. Glaciers are melting in the mountains above the Gobi desert -- and "[i]f the glaciers disappear, that could have a huge impact on hundreds of millions of people downstream".

This is "climate change at first hand". And it is happening now.

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  • Thanks for focussing some attention on the issue of global warming. Very cool!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:41 AM  

  • You're welcome, Kevin. We do quite a lot on the climate crisis here, but we haven't done much lately -- unfortunately, other stories have taken priority (although I would argue that the climate crisis is the greatest priority of all). If you or other readers are interested, type "global warming" in the search box at the top of the page or click on the "global warming" label at the bottom of this post.

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 9:33 AM  

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