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Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years

By Stian Reklev and Kathy Chen ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-08-15 08:20:39

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years

The Tibetan Plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, has been warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper said, citing an academic report.

Temperatures and humidity are likely to continue to rise throughout this century, causing glaciers to retreat and desertification to spread, according to the report by the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research.

"Over the past 50 years, the rate of temperature rise has been double the average global level," it said, according to the report published on the website of Science and Technology Daily.

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2,000 years

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