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Changes in Daily Extreme Temperatures on China's Loess Plateau

Paper Reviewed
Yan, G., Qi, F., Wei, L., Aigang, L., Yu, W., Jing, Y., Aifang, C., Yamin, W., Yubo, S., Li, L. and Qianqian, M. 2015. Changes of daily climate extremes in Loess Plateau during 1960-2013. Quaternary International 371: 5-21.

Based on data that Yan et al. (2015) obtained from the National Climate Center of the China Meteorological Administration, which monitors a nationwide network of weather-observing stations that began operation in the 1950s, the team of eleven researchers determined that the observed changes in cold extremes between 1960 and 2013 were larger than those in warm extremes over the Loess Plateau, because winter temperatures had been increasing more rapidly than had summer temperatures, and because "warming trends in minimum temperature indices were greater than those relating to maximum temperature."

The great significance of these findings is highlighted by the fact that (1) Ma et al. (2015) have recently demonstrated that typically-experienced extreme cold throughout China is much more deadly than is typically-experienced extreme heat, and that (2) Gasparrini et al. (2015) have shown the same to be true for literally hundreds of locations throughout the entire world. And yet the global warming climate alarmists seem to be so upset about what has actually been a true life saver for many people scattered throughout the world, as both winter temperatures and daily minimum temperatures have risen much faster and further than have summer temperatures and daily maximum temperatures. Their concerns are backwards!

Gasparrini, A., Guo, Y., Hashizume, M., Lavigne, E., Zanobetti, A., Schwartz, J., Tobias, A., Tong, S., Rocklöv, J., Forsberg, B., Leone, M, De Sario, M., Bell, M.L., Guo, Y.L.L., Wu, C.F., Kan, H., Yi, S.M., de Sousa, Z., Coelho, S. M., Saldiva, P.H., Honda, Y., Kim, H. and Armstrong, B. 2015. Mortality risk attributable to high and low ambient temperature: a multi-country observational study. The Lancet: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62114-0.

Ma, W., Wang, L., Lin, H., Liu, T., Zhang, Y., Rutherford, S., Luo, Y., Zeng, W., Zhang, Y., Wang, X., Gu, X., Chu, C., Xiao, J. and Zhou, M. 2015. The temperature-mortality relationship in China: An analysis from 66 Chinese communities. Environmental Research 137: 72-77.

Posted 9 September 2015