Warmest winter on record for Shanghai

0 Comments – March 2, 2007

This is a series of 2 posts that will be posted today. The two posts are polar opposites (sorry – couldn’t resist the pun). The one article will discuss how cold it is in one municipality and the other article will discuss how hot it is in another. I am doing this to prove a point – there is no conclusion to be made by looking at the local weather! A common argument by both sides is to point out these extremes. This argument is pointless. If global warming is upon us we will still have record lows. If, instead, we are in an ice age, we would still record record highs in parts of the world. Climate is bigger than the local weather of a city or state. It is longer than a day, week, or even a season. Don’t be confused by these pointless anecdotes.

If you want to read the record colder article then please go here.

Shanghai has experienced its warmest winter on record, but the global warming-induced phenomenon had some unexpected positive spin-offs for China’s economic hub, state press said Friday.

Average temperatures were 8.1 degrees Celsius (46.6 degrees Fahrenheit), a dramatic 2.6 degrees warmer than in previous years and the highest since records were first taken in 1873, Xinhua news agency reported.

While recognising the dire long-term consequences of global warming, the bureau said there had been some short-term benefits for Shanghai in the winter just passed.

Energy consumption fell in some areas due to the decreased need for heating, while a range of vegetables grew in abundance, leading to a fall in their market prices, the director of the bureau’s climate centre, Lei Xiaotu, said.

We will work out ways to reinforce the favourable effects of (the) warming climate and minimise its unfavourable effects.

China is world’s the second-largest producer of climate-changing gases and is widely expected to overtake the United States within the next few years.

You can read this warm article here.

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