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    Fw: [fuelcell-energy] ... global warming melting roof of the world glacier www.chinaview.cn 2006-05-02 10:02:29 NANNING, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Pouring over
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      global warming melting "roof of the world" glacier

      www.chinaview.cn 2006-05-02 10:02:29

      NANNING, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Pouring over four decades of
      research based on data from China's 681 weather stations, the
      country's scientists have found that global warming is seriously
      affecting the "roof of the world", as west China's Qinghai-Tibet
      plateau is known.

      Professor Dong Guangrong with the Chinese Academy of Sciences is
      calling for world attention to the environmental deterioration of the
      Qinghai-Tibet plateau caused by global warming

      He has discovered that the "roof of the world" glacier,
      accounting for 47 percent of China's total glacier coverage, is
      shrinking at a rate of seven percent annually.

      Dong concludes that the melting glacier will ultimately trigger
      more droughts, expand desertification and increase sandstorms.

      Han Yongxiang of the National Meteorological Bureau Global agrees
      that global warming has led to expanding deserts on the Qinghai-Tibet
      plateau. He says statistics from the Tibet weather bureau show that
      average temperatures in Tibet has risen 0.9 centigrade since the
      1980's accelerating the melting of the glacier and tundra of the
      Qinghai-Tibet plateau.

      Statistics provided by the Tibet regional government show that
      Tibet has lost 3.4 billion yuan (about 425 million U.S. dollars) to
      9.5 billion yuan (about 1.19 billion U.S. dollars) annually due to
      desertization. Enditem


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