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Nearly 6,000 glaciers in China have disappeared due to global warming

  • Scientists reported that 5,956 miniature alpine glaciers have disappeared in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, also known as the Tibetan Plateau in China, in the past 50 years because of global warming.
  • Besides the disappearance of the glaciers, 25,901 glaciers out of the 34,578 discovered in the region have also shrunk dramatically.
  • The scientists also noted that 1,907 glaciers became larger while 2,721 became smaller during that period.
  • Known as the “water tower of Asia,” there are over 48,500 glaciers found in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, with a total area of around 51,840 square kilometers (5,184,000 hectares).
  • Citing data from the China Academy of Sciences, Reuters reported that the glaciers in the neighboring Qilian Mountains retreated 50% faster during 1990 to 2010 than during 1956 to 1990.

Almost 6,000 glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, also known as the Tibetan Plateau in China, have reportedly disappeared in the past 50 years as the region saw a temperature spike because of global warming.

Scientists reported that 5,956 miniature alpine glaciers have disappeared in the region out of the 34,578 glaciers they discovered 50 years ago, while 25,901 glaciers have shrunk dramatically, according to Sixth Tone.

‘Historic’ waves as high as 20 feet tall send wedding guests in Hawaii running for cover

  • Massive waves sent wedding guests running for cover as water aggressively knocked over decor and stands in Hawaii over the weekend.
  • As seen in a video, waves — some reported to be over 20 feet high — crashed a wedding at Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua-Kona, wiping out tables and a bar.
  • Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources claimed that the swells were “the highest south shore surf in more than 25 years.”
  • Unlike previous reports, Hurricane Darby was not the major cause of the waves.
  • Instead, meteorologist Chris Brenchley explained that climate change was to blame.

Massive waves sent wedding guests running for cover as water aggressively knocked over decor and stands in Hawaii over the weekend.

As seen in a video, waves — some reported to be over 20 feet high — crashed a wedding at Hulihe’e Palace in Kailua-Kona, wiping out tables and a bar but miraculously leaving the food and wedding cake unharmed. 

East Asia could be flooded by ‘rivers in the sky’ due to climate change, scientists warn

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  • Researchers used model simulations to predict behaviors of atmospheric rivers under different climate change outcomes.
  • A study found that an increase of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) would result in “unprecedented extreme rainfall” in East Asia.
  • The greatest rainfalls, according to the simulation, would occur in Taiwan, northeastern China, the Korean Peninsula and parts of Japan, mainly the southwestern slope of the Japanese Alps.

East Asia will suffer severe rainfalls unlike anything in the past if global warming persists, scientists from Japan’s University of Tsukuba say in a new study.

Such rainfalls, according to the researchers, will be the result of “long, narrow bands of concentrated vapor” called atmospheric rivers, which form as more water is transported through the air. These “rivers” in the sky can cause major flooding as soon as they hit barriers such as a mountain range, according to the university.

US, China pledge to work together to tackle escalating climate change catastrophe

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The U.S. and China have vowed to tackle the escalating climate change problem in a joint statement released during the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, also referred to as COP26 (Conference of Parties), in Scotland on Wednesday.

Why it matters: The news was announced by U.S. climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, at the event on Wednesday at a separate news conference, according to NBC News.

Former Japanese PM Taro Aso faces heat for claiming climate change makes ‘tastier’ rice

Japan’s former Prime Minister Taro Aso, who’s been known to make controversial comments, drew attention again on Monday when he claimed that global warming has led to “tastier” rice. Recently elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has since apologized on his behalf. 

The incident: Aso made the comment that there is “something good” to global warming while giving a campaign speech at Hokkaido city of Otaru in support of a candidate from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), reported Newsweek.

New study: Today’s children will live through three times more climate disasters than their grandparents

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A new climate study paints a terrifying future for the youngest generation who will face far worse climate disasters in their lifetimes than previous generations.

About the research: Researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium looked into the impacts of climate change across generations and found sharp inequities between them, reported the Washington Post.

This $700-million nuclear superyacht costs $1 million to travel on and is meant to save the planet

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A Singapore-based entrepreneur wants to take scientists, students and billionaires aboard an ambitious nuclear-powered megayacht for a research tour around the world’s oceans. 

Thinking ship: Gibraltarian businessman Aaron Olivera has set out to build the “Earth 300,” a 984-foot (300 meters) research vessel that will bring together the world’s wealthiest people and smartest scientists to help find solutions to the most pressing environmental problems, reported CNN.