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Chinese Researchers Say Tibet is Getting Warmer

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 00/10/31; October 31, 2000.]

LHASA, China, Oct 31, 2000 -- (BBC Monitoring) Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

Research over the past four decades has shown that Tibet's climate is getting warmer.

Zhou Shunwu, an engineer with the Tibet Autonomous Regional Meteorological Bureau, said that research over the past 40 years or so shows that the summer temperature in the area along the Yarlung Zangbo River has risen by 0.5 degrees Celsius after the 1980s, and the winter temperature in Nagqu Prefecture in northern Tibet has increased by 1.16 degrees Celsius after 1982.

Remote sensing has shown that temperatures in local river valleys has gone up by one to 1.4 degrees Celsius.

Zhou said the temperature increase in Tibet has to do with the global atmospheric "greenhouse effect" and changes in atmospheric circulation.

The temperature rise in Tibet has brought changes in rainfall in the region. Rainfall once mainly fell in the evening, while in the recent two to three years, the rain has usually come during the day.

A negative effect of the temperature rise is that floods and snowstorms have also been on the rise since the 1990s, Zhou said.

Source: Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0847 GMT 30 Oct 00


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