Global warming has had a devastating impact on Tibet which will have huge consequences for the fresh water supply in most of Asia, a representative from the Tibet exile government warns. Tibet has the worlds third largest ice mass in the form of the many glaciers and is the world’s largest fresh water reservoir. Many of the large Asian rivers come from Tibet. Rising temperatures in Tibet will make a huge impact on billions of Asian’s who need access to clean drinking water. The organization “Third Pole” in Copenhagen is pushing forward an agreement to secure the Tibeten plateau. Its not just Tibetan glaciers that climate changes affecting, it is also upsetting the monsoon weather system. The Chinese have begun to tap more water from the Tibetan rivers with massive tunnels redirecting the water to China to compensate for their own diminishing water supply.
Pacific Island states
The Island state Kirbati, risks being swallowed up by the ocean and the people are speaking out. Many of the Pacific Ocean island states face enormous risk of not existing in 90 years. The Kirbati states are asking that an ambitious plan be put forth to reduce CO2 emissions. They cannot withstand more extreme weather and water levels rising more than 80 cm more according to the UN climate panel.
They are asking. along with other 40 countries in the Alliance of small island states (AOSIS) that are vulnerable to climate changes that the global emission of CO2 be topped in 2015 so that the temperature does not rise more than 1.5 degrees centigrade rather than the 2 degrees currently proposed.
Part of Thailand’s main rice growing region is under severe economic and environmental threat from climate change which must be addressed by world leaders at a UN summit, Greenpeace said Monday. A study by the activist group revealed the dangers faced by the Bangpakong River Basin, which supports around 1.25 million people who rely heavily on the region’s fertile soils for crops, especially rice, fruit and fishing. The study was released days before Bangkok holds another major meeting on climate change.
The 7,900 square-kilometre (3050 square mile) area in eastern Thailand is “one of the most productive river basins the world” and a prominent source of jasmine rice, Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaign manager Tara Buakamsri said. But the basin, which empties into the Gulf of Thailand, “is threatened with severe economic and environmental impacts due to flooding, drought, saltwater intrusion and coastal erosion caused by climate change”, Greenpeace said. “Local rural communities stand to suffer most from climate change impacts,” said Ply Pirom, a campaigner for the group, adding that the “worst impacts are yet to come”….