Thursday, January 7, 2010

Cold weather ...

Since we are having a session on geography and climate tomorrow, I thought a story on the impact of a recent cold snap in China would be appropriate.

Cold weather sparks energy shortage in China
By Zhao Chunzhe / China Daily
Updated: 2010-01-06

Seven provinces are capping their electricity capacity and Beijing is to cut its gas supply to industrial users due to an energy crisis sparked by the cold weather, reported today.

A strong cold snap heading to most parts of the southeast has left Shanghai and Chongqing municipality, Jiangsu, Hubei, Henan, Hunan and Jiangxi province to reach their electricity peak forcing a fuel shortage.

While most coal mines in China are located in the north, heavy snow has blocked the railway transportation of coal, the report said.

Beijing was also hit by its heaviest snow for forty years and the municipal government announced a gas emergency yesterday which prompted a reduction in gas to industries in order to satisfy residential use first.

A more detailed look from Reuters here looks at the larger implications, and has some good details on how natural gas is used.

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