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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