Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Permafrost-Melt-at-Yellow-River-Source-in-China-27MZIFL27ATW.htmlConceptually similarPermafrost Melt at Yangtze River Source in ChinaGP01X0XCompleted★★★★Destroyed Grassland in ChinaGP01X0QCompleted★★★★Yellow River Documentation Tour in ChinaGP09L4Completed★★★★Climate Change Victim in ChinaGP01X0TCompleted★★★★Destroyed Grassland in ChinaGP01X0VCompleted★★★★Permafrost Melt Victim in ChinaGP01X0SCompleted★★★★Local Man in ChinaGP01X0RCompleted★★★★Permafrost Melt Damage in ChinaGP01X12Completed★★★★Muddy Road in ChinaGP01X0WCompleted★★★★View AllGP01X0PPermafrost Melt at Yellow River Source in ChinaThe grassland at the Yellow river source is affected by permafrost melt and heavily infested by rodents. The entire region and its community are under heavy threat from global warming as temperatures rise. The melting permafrost destroys grassland so that it can no longer be farmed on.Locations:Asia-China-QinghaiDate:23 Jul, 2009Credit:© Greenpeace / Du JiangMaximum size:2500px X 1664pxKeywords:Beauty-Climate (campaign title)-Climate change-Climate change impacts-Day-Glacier melt-Grass-KWCI (GPI)-Landscapes-Nature-Non-urban scenes-Outdoors-Permafrost melt-Rural scenesShoot:Permafrost Melt Effects in ChinaThis documentation shows the impacts of global warming - glacier retreat and melting permafrost - on the land and local community at the Yangtze and Yellow rivers sources. The glacial lakes feeding into this river have been subject to outburst floods (GLOF) affecting the immediate landscape and covering it in black glacial deposits and destroying grassland so it can no longer be farmed on. As lakes burst, melt and recede, local people lose their main water source. Latest research (2009) indicates that in the Chinese Himalayas region, there are currently 143 glacial lakes and 44 of them are at ‘very high risk’ of bursting. Infrastructure has been impacted by warming permafrost, cracks are appearing in houses and some are starting to sink and become unstable. A number of affected people have had to resort to temporary accommodation supplied by social welfare as they lack funds to repair the buildings.