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Climate change slowly melting China's glaciers

(People's Daily)

16:52, November 17, 2011

The photo shows China's melting glaciers. (CNTV)

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.17 (People's Daily Online) --The area of glaciers in China has shrunk by 10 percent over the past six decades because of a rise in China's land surface temperature, according to the Second National Assessment Report on Climate Change jointly released by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the China Meteorological Administration and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing on Nov. 15.

The report shows that China's average land surface temperature increased by 1.4 degrees Celsius between 1951 and 2009, the trend of which is generally consistent with that of the world.

The report forecasted that the sea levels along China's coasts will continue to rise over the next three decades. The average sea level along China's coasts will be up by 80 millimeters to 130 millimeters between 2009 and 2030, with the greatest increase in the coastal areas of Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangdong.

The report also forecasted that a rise of 2.5 degrees Celsius in the world's temperature will cause a drop in China's agricultural output, with a maximum decrease of 20 percent in the yield per unit area, provided that no measures will be taken. Measures such as adaptability techniques can partly ease the damage of a temperature increase.

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