Image: Mount Everest as seen from Rongbuk Temple, in April 2007
BEIJING (AFP) - Global warming has caused some of 's glaciers -- a source for many of 's greatest rivers -- to have melted by more than 18 percent over the past five years, state media reported Friday.
A survey of nearly 20,000 square kilometres (8,000 square miles) of China's glaciers showed they were on average 7.4 percent smaller than five years ago, Caijing magazine said, citing a government-funded survey.
A glacier along the upper reaches of theon the Tibetan plateau had shrunk by more than 18 percent, the survey found.
Two other glacial areas in China's far northwest Xinjiang region had also melted by more than 18 percent.
"Global warming is causing grave loss to glaciers and it has become a burning need to monitor changes of glacial reserves," the researchers from the China Academy of Sciences said as they released their findings.
The survey, covering roughly one third of China's glaciers, was conducted to trace the.
A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK AT SKYWATCH-MEDIA
Dec 21, 2007
I felt compelled to enlighten all who visit this website on a regular basis about some rather ridiculous and unsubstantiated statements being published from high profile individuals about the status of global warming. Quite frankly I am sick and tired of reading comments from self-righteous doubters about this extremely important subject. The facts are out for all to read and photos have been published which clearly show how the environment and the topography is drastically changing due to severe climate change brought on by a warming planet.
The Pope has recently commented that Global Warming is a made up word, brought on by alarmists for monetary gain.
[Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology
The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering.
The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement.]
OK! Wait just a minute, who is the Pope trying to fool? Maybe he should venture out of his cocoon more often and take better notice of his surroundings. Does a picture of Polar Bears on a Melting Iceberg resemble Dubious Ideology or Scare Mongering? Furthermore, I thought much of the reports concerning climate change and global warming were based on scientific data and policies? I believe the Pope is a bit confused. Maybe it is better that he keep his lips zipped and stay at the Vatican, since every time he ventures out and opens his mouth, he seems to create more controversy.
Now when it comes to the skeptics, their mission is to spread false propaganda about the actual facts being published by environmental messengers, and also to deceive the public at every turn. I have some bad news for all of them, it isn't working. Try taking your fraudulent claims to the Republicans on Capital Hill. I am sure they will accept your ideals with open arms, certainly they will not be obstructionist as they have with the Democratic Congress this past year. It all plays out in the end, but this is one game that the GW skeptics will not win.