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11/22/2007

Climate change a growing threat in Tibet

Tibet
AFP[Wednesday, November 21, 2007 11:50] Climate change is causing more weather-related disasters than ever in the Himalayan region of Tibet, where the temperature is rising faster than the rest of China, state press reported Wednesday.

"Natural disasters, like droughts, landslides, snowstorms and fires are more frequent and calamitous now," Xinhua news agency quoted the director of the Tibet Regional Meteorological Bureau, Song Shanyun, as saying.

"The tolls are more severe and losses are bigger."

The temperature in Tibet has been rising by 0.3 degrees Celsius (0.54 degrees Fahrenheit) every decade, about 10 times faster than the national average, with visible consequences, a bureau study found.

"Problems like receding snow lines, shrinking glaciers, drying grasslands and desert expansion are increasingly threatening the natural eco-system in the region," Song said.

The report is the latest in China to warn of the dramatic impact of global warming on the region known as the "roof of the world" and regarded as a barometer of world climate conditions.

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Image: Passengers massage their head on board the first Beijing-to-Lhasa train as it cruises along the Qinghai-Tibet railway, July 3, 2006. Many passengers were affected by the high-altitude during the journey. Moisture has become a luxury in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa where many locals are waking up to nosebleeds in the dry autumn, state media said on Monday as the Himalayan region faces growing threat of global warming. (Claro Cortes IV/Reuters)


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