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Global warming sends temperatures higher in Tibet

BEIJING, July 5 (AP) -

Temperatures in Tibet have been up to 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) above average so far this month, as global warming pushes up temperatures, a weather official said Thursday. "Global warming is having an effect on Tibet, making the temperature higher and higher," said He Xiaohong, a senior engineer with the region's meteorological station. The Tibetan capital, Lhasa, also recorded its highest July temperature in 30 years on Monday when the mercury hit 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit), he said. Tibet just experienced its third warm winter in seven years, with temperatures 9 degrees Celsius (16 F) above average in some areas, he said. Temperatures were 3 to 5 degrees (5 to 9 F) higher in Xigaze Prefecture, Shannan Prefecture and areas around Lhasa during the first four days of July, he said. The official Xinhua News Agency reported Tibet's glaciers have melted at an annual rate of 131 square kilometers (51 square miles) over the past three decades.


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