BEIJING Tibet is warming up faster than
anywhere else in the world, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.
The average annual temperature in Tibet, the roof of the
world, was rising at a speed of 0.3 degrees Celsius every 10
years, Xinhua said.
Chinese scientists have long warned that rising
temperatures on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau will melt glaciers,
dry up major Chinese rivers and trigger more droughts,
sandstorms and desertification.
The Tibet Meteorological Bureau said the temperature rise
was most obvious in the west of the region. Tibet, with its
glaciers and high altitude, has been regarded as sensitive to
the effects of global warming.
Currently, China's average temperature is rising at 0.4
degree Celsius every 100 years, while a report by the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed the average
surface temperature of the globe had risen 0.74 degree Celsius
in the past 100 years, Xinhua said.
China is rapidly overtaking the United States to become the
world's top emitter of greenhouse gases. It is under rising
international pressure to accept mandatory caps on carbon
dioxide emissions from its factories and vehicles.
China has refused to comply, but the government has shown
greater efforts in addressing energy and environment issues.