Sunday, February 05, 2006

Global warming threatens Tibet rail link

Perhaps Mother Earth is using Global Warming to fight back against industrial ecological disasters?
Chinese researcher warns that the controversial Chinese railroad across Tibet may fail quickly due to instability in the Tibetan plateaus casued by global warming... ""Fast thawing of frozen soil in the plateau might greatly increase the instability of the ground, causing more grave geological problems in the frozen soil areas where major projects such as highways or railways run through," Wu added... China completed construction of the controversial pan-Himalayan railway in October. It is to go into trial operation on July 1, Xinhua said. The railway, which runs from Xining, capital of Qinghai province, to Tibet's capital Lhasa, has been criticised for damaging the plateau's fragile environment and for threatening Tibetan culture by speeding up migration from other areas. Close to 1,000 km (600 miles) of the line's tracks run at more than 4,000 metres (13,000 ft), and it reaches 5,072 metres (16,640 ft) at its highest point."

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