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Tibet: Plateau in Peril

The article discusses the possibility that the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau could be melted by global warming.
This would lead to short-term floods and long-term drought for large sections of Asia, including China and India.
Scientific studies are cited which indicate that glaciers around the world began to diminish in the 1950's, staged a modest comeback in the 1970's, and rapidly began shrinking again in the 1980's. Large and geopolitically important river systems such as the Yellow River and the Mekong are dependent on water from the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau.

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Author(s)Michael Zhao and Orville Schell
PublisherWorld Policy Institute
Place publishedNew York
Date / Journal Vol No.2008 / Issue 25, n.3



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