China warns of disasters from warming Tibet plateau

Chinese scientists have warned that rising temperatures on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau will melt glaciers, dry up major Chinese rivers and trigger more droughts, sandstorms and desertification, reported Reuters on Thursday, citing state media.

Temperatures on the plateau had risen 0.42 degrees Celsius each decade since the 1980s, the China Daily said, citing the Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, a government think-tank.

"One of the worst results of the rising temperature on the plateau could be an ultimate change in the volume of water flowing into the Yangtze, the Yellow and other rivers that originate in the mountainous region," the paper quoted Xu Xiangde, an academy researcher, as saying.

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