Earth Science News  





. Record Temperatures Across Himalayans Spark Climate Change Fears

Northern India Cold Snap Toll Now 57
Lucknow (AFP) India, Jan 7 - The death toll from a cold snap since the start of the month in northern India rose to 57 Sunday as 13 more people died over the weekend, officials said. "The toll in the state has gone up to 44," senior medical official Ramesh Mohan Upadhaya told AFP, referring to northern Uttar Pradesh, of which Lucknow is the capital. Eleven deaths were reported from neighbouring Bihar state in the same period, the Press Trust of India said quoting unnamed sources. Two more deaths were reported from Haryana and West Bengal states. The weather office predicted a further fall in temperatures, which plunged below zero degree celsius (32 degree Fahrenheit) in a few places in northern India.

Officials in Uttar Pradesh have ordered bonfires to be lit in public places so that poor people can warm themselves. Each year scores of homeless people in India die due to cold because of inadequate food and clothing. Almost 200 people froze to death in the country's north last winter.

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) Jan 07, 2007
Temperatures in rugged Tibet have hit record highs in recent days, China's state press said Sunday, as a scientific survey warned of the impact of global warming in the Himalayan region. Friday's temperature in the Qamdo area of eastern Tibet was 21.8 degrees Celsius (71 degrees Fahrenheit), 1.7 degrees higher than the previous record set for the same day in 1996, Xinhua news agency reported.

In Dengqen county, also in eastern Tibet, the mercury reached 16.6 degrees Celsius on Thursday, 2.5 degrees higher than the previous record for the same day set in 2001, it said.

Eight other places across the region also recorded record-breaking daily temperatures over the past few days, it added.

Meteorological data in the Himalayan region began to be collected in 1970.

China's Tibet plateau, seen as a barometer of world climate conditions, is experiencing accelerating glacial melt and other ecological change, the leading People's Daily reported Friday.

The mountainous region's glaciers have been melting at an average rate of 131.4 square kilometers (50 square miles) per year over the past 30 years, the paper said, citing a recent geological study.

Researchers who conducted the survey said that even if global warming did not worsen, the area's glaciers would be reduced by nearly a third by 2050 and up to half by 2090, at the current rate.

The survey, conducted by the Remote Sensing Department of the China Aero Geophysical Survey, also found a rapidly rising snow line, shrinking wetlands, and increased desertification compared with 30 years ago, the paper said.

These problems will worsen as the glacial melt -- which has accelerated in recent years -- continues, further depleting the area's water resources, the researchers predicted.

The Tibet plateau, which includes the Chinese portion of the Himalayas, accounts for nearly one quarter of China's landmass, stretching from Tibet to the adjacent provinces of Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan.

A separate national assessment released last week on the impact of climate change said temperatures in China would rise significantly in coming decades, water shortages would worsen, and extreme weather events would intensify.

earlier related report
Tibetan Glacial Melt Accelerating
Beijing (AFP) Jan 5 - China's rugged Tibet plateau, seen as a sensitive barometer of world climate conditions, is experiencing accelerating glacial melt and other ecological change, state media reported on Friday. The mountainous region's glaciers have been melting at an average rate of 131.4 square kilometres (50 square miles) per year over the past 30 years, the People's Daily said, citing a geological study of the region.

Researchers who conducted the survey said that even if global warming did not worsen, the area's glaciers would be reduced by nearly a third by 2050, and up to half by 2090, at the current rate.

The survey, conducted by the Remote Sensing Department of the China Aero Geophysical Survey, also found a rapidly rising snow line, shrinking wetlands, and increased desertification compared with 30 years ago, the paper said.

These problems will worsen as the glacial melt -- which has accelerated in recent years -- continues, further depleting the area's water resources, the researchers predicted.

The plateau, which includes the Chinese portion of the Himalayas, accounts for nearly one quarter of China's landmass, stretching from Tibet to the adjacent provinces of Qinghai, Sichuan and Yunnan.

The snow line on the edges of the plateau had retreated an average 100 to 150 metres, but up to 350 metres in some areas, while wetlands had been reduced by 10 percent, the report said. A separate national assessment of the impact of global climate change released last week said temperatures in China would rise significantly in coming decades, water shortages would worsen, and extreme weather events would intensify.

Source: Agence France-Presse

Related Links
Learn about Climate Science at TerraDaily.com

Snow Says Bush Cares About Environment
Washington (UPI) Jan 04, 2007
The Bush administration cares about the environment, but wants to find ways to clean it without harming the economy, the White House said Thursday. "The President does care about the environment, has been active and aggressive on it, and has been talking with European allies about such things as clean coal technology, about renewable fuels, biofuels," Press Secretary Tony Snow said during a news briefing.

.
Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
  



  • Americans Covet Beach Homes But Insurers Fret Over Hurricane Risk
  • In Record Wildfire Season, NOAA Satellites Aid US Fire Managers
  • Emergency Measures In Hong Kong After Web Chaos
  • Scramble To Repair Telecom Lines Across Asia After Taiwan Quake

  • Record Temperatures Across Himalayans Spark Climate Change Fears
  • Snow Says Bush Cares About Environment
  • ExxonMobil Disinformation Campaign On Global Warming Science
  • Climate Change: Frisson-Laden Year Lies Ahead

  • Northrop Grumman To Develop System Requirements For USAF Alternate Infrared Sat System
  • Digitalglobe Announces Ball Aerospace Is Building Worldview 2 Satellite
  • Raytheon Delivers VIIRS Sensor Engineering Development Unit
  • ITT Provides Air Force Better Way To Get Imagery To Distant Forces

  • Russia To Build Large Gas Pipelines To China
  • From Dairy Waste To Electric Power
  • Denmark Aims To Introduce Bio-Ethanol By End Of 2007
  • Mixed Prairie Grasses May Be Better Biofuel Source

  • AIDS Plan Faces Deadly Deficit
  • Avian Flu Unlikely To Spread Through Water Systems
  • Zimbabwe Plans Huge Increase In AIDS Drugs Rollout This Year
  • Ramifications Of Widespread Use Of Tamiflu

  • Ocean Temperature Predicts Spread Of Marine Species
  • Researchers Identify A Heartbeat In Earth Climate
  • Medical Company Lists On Anonymous Trading Market To Avoid Animal Extremists
  • What Really Caused The Largest Mass Extinction In Earth History

  • Shotgun Sequencing Finds Nanoorganisms
  • Radionuclides Spreading Around The World
  • Bogus Data Masks Scale Of Pollution Woes Facing China
  • How To Protect Against Carbon Monoxide

  • What Memories Are Made Of
  • Cancer-Killing Invention Also Harvests Stem Cells
  • History-Hunting Geneticists Can Still Follow Familiar Trail
  • Software Speeds And Enhances Access To Print Brain Atlases

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement