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The warm nights these past week has been most unbearable. The wind brings with it hot air that cooks in the heat that swirls within the still room. All I can say is "It sucks!". Air-con, ice peach tea and the pool are real blessings! Here's a little look at the global warming situation around the Asian region. (I'm not even talking about the world!)

Indonesia -- Rainforest fires burned up to 2 million acres (809,371 hectares) of land, including almost 250,000 acres (101,172 hectares) of primary forest and parts of the already severely reduced habitat of the Kalimantan orangutan.

Coral reef bleaching is evident in the Indian Ocean, Philippines and the Persian Gulf. (This one I have a soft spot for since I love the underwater world so much)

China - Disappearing Lakes, 2001. More than half of the 4,000 lakes in the Qinghai province are disappearing due to drought. The severity of the impact is exacerbated by over pumping of aquifers. Annual average temperature in China has increased during the past century, with pronounced warming since 1980. Most of the warming has been in northern areas, including Qinghai Province, and in the winter.

Korea - Worst drought in 100 years of record, 2001. It coincided with an average annual temperature increase in Asia’s temperate region, which includes Korea, by more than 1.8°F (1°C) over the past century. The warming has been most pronounced since 1970.

What a screw up!

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