(here and here and here some more thoughts on the all-too-apparent bias at the BBC towards global warming and doom-and-gloom news in general)
There is almost no need to comment the following at all…
(1) Almost six years ago
BBC News – Wednesday, 17 July, 2002, 07:53 GMT 08:53 UK
“Seven die in Chinese heat wave”
[…] The heat has intensified in recent years as a result of the increase in vehicles on the roads, which raise street temperatures.
(2) One year ago
BBC News – Tuesday, 6 February 2007, 12:34 GMT
“Climate change ‘affecting’ China – Unseasonably warm weather in north China has been linked to climate change”
(page is chock-full of climate change links)
At least 300,000 people in north-west China are short of drinking water because of unseasonably warm weather, which officials link to climate change. Parts of Shaanxi province face drought after January saw as little as 10% of average rainfall, state media say. Frozen lakes are melting and trees are blossoming in the capital Beijing as it experiences its warmest winter for 30 years, the China Daily reported.
[…] The country’s top meteorologist, Qin Dahe, said the recent dry and warm weather in northern China was related to global warming. […]
(3) January 2008
BBC News – Thursday, 31 January 2008, 13:53 GMT
“Food warnings amid China freeze – Millions of people have been affected by the severe snow”
(not one climate change link in sight)
China is struggling to cope with its worst snowfall in decades, with officials warning of future food shortages as winter crops are wrecked.[…]
Dozens are thought to have died as much of the country endures one of its harshest winters for half a century.
How many people died in the 2007 heatwave? Perhaps…zero.
(4) How about Shaanxi? Sadly, no space for it this year on the BBC (at least, so far). Here’s what is happening though:
rediff – January 30, 2008
“Snowstorms paralyse China”
[…] In northwestern Shaanxi province alone, 1,200 people were reportedly ill or injured in snow-related incidents […]
UPDATE: This particular post has become quite popular having been linked from “Biased BBC”