October 12, 2010

Shrinking Chinese Glaciers: 27 Percent by 2050

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It's really become an old story now, the world's glaciers are shrinking. Last year, we reported on how Antarctica's glaciers is melting four times faster than a decade ago, now ChinaTimes of India reports:

The average area of glaciers in western China might shrink by 27.2 percent by 2050 because of global warming, damaging crop production and worsening droughts, according to a report released at the UN climate talks in north China's Tianjin Municipality...

Xinhua quoted the report as saying that forecasts of glacier recession patterns, summer temperatures and precipitation showed that the average glacier area in western China might be reduced by 27.2 percent by 2050. Ocean glaciers, affected by wet airflow from the oceans, would shrink by 52.5 percent, and Asian continental glaciers, formed in the continental climate would shrink by 24.4 percent.

The ramifications are far reaching for this heavily populated country. From drought to reducing crop production, it is not good news.

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