03/28/2008 02:43 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Scientists Warn Of "Ecological Catastrophe" From Rapidly Melting Tibetan Glaciers...

Global warming is rapidly melting the ice-bound roof of the world, and turning it into desert, leading scientists have revealed.

The Chinese Academy of Sciences - the country's top scientific body - has announced that the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau are vanishing so fast that they will be reduced by 50 per cent every decade. Each year enough water permanently melts from them to fill the entire Yellow River.

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