Skip to comments.Snow damage 18.6 million ha of Chinese forest(46 million acres)
Posted on 02/14/2008 2:31:40 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
Snow damage 18.6 million ha of Chinese forest
BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- The extreme weather that hit China in recent weeks has damaged 18.6 million hectares of forest in 19 snow-afflicted provincial regions, the State Forestry Administration announced here Wednesday. The total included 6.83 million ha of bamboo, 11.62 million ha of woods and 15,333 ha of saplings, according to the administration.
The 19 provincial-level areas plagued by snow and cold weather were Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Guangxi, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Yunnan,Sichuan, Chongqing, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Gansu, Xinjiang, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian, Guangdong and Hainan.
The administration has earmarked 4.3 million yuan (597,200 U.S. dollars) as a supplement to the 30 million yuan designated by the central government to support forestry sector relief work.
Freaky winter storms have plagued southern China since mid-January, leading to widespread traffic jams, structural collapse, blackouts and crop loss. It also killed at least 80 people and affected about 100 million residents, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Approximately seven million ha of farmland, mainly located in the mid and downstream areas of the Yangtze River, was hit by the snow. About 753,333 million ha lost all their output, according to Ministry of Agriculture statistics released on Jan. 31.
Experts believed a phenomenon called La Nina aggravated the freak weather.
Zheng Guoguang, head of China China Meteorological Administration, said earlier that La Nina was a large pool of unusually cold water in the equatorial Pacific that developed every few years and influenced global weather. It is the climatic opposite of El Nino, a warming of the Pacific. (Feb.14)
I am not sure this is true. The number is too big.
I'm confused Al?
Best stock up on chopsticks while the common folk can still afford them.
I think you are right: In all this hupla about the snow in China, not one satellite picture.
18.6 million hectares is roughly 72,000 sq. miles - that is a little smaller than the area of New England.
You can check my math
1 acre = .4 hectares
1 hectare = 2.47 acres
1 sq mile = 640 acres
259 hectares in one square mile
divide 18.6 mill ha by 260 hectare, and that gets around 70,000 square miles. Maine alone is around 35,000 square miles.
“Global Warming or Global Cooling ?
I’m confused Al?”
The term, “climate change” covers all bases, and keeps the grant and research money flowing to the shysters.