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Climate Change: For the Birds?and Humans

We've written in the past about how the pole shift, which is going on right now, is confusing migratory birds. Now we've discovered that global warming is confusing them too, by causing them to take off for their winter destinations too soon.

Bjorn Carey writes in LiveScience.com that spring is arriving earlier. Another problem is that...

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Lies at Kyoto

While the Kyoto protocol, in which a group of countries agree to control pollution in order to help stop global warming, is a good idea, there is a lot of hypocrisy taking place. For instance, Italy trying to fulfill agreement by planting trees, but this doesn't work. Now it's been revealed that some of the countries involved have been UNDER...

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Will Earth Become Like Venus?

Stephen Hawking says it will, if global warming continues the way it's going now. Hawking says he is "very worried about global warming'' because the earth "might end up like Venus, at 250 degrees centigrade and raining sulfuric acid.''

In LiveScience.com, Alexa Olesen reports that he made this speech in front of an audience of 500...

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Too Wet?or Not Enough

According to a recent study, recent hurricane seasons, triggered by global warming, did a lot more than spread misery and financial woe in Florida and New Orleans. When four hurricanes crossed the state of Florida in 2005, the huge rainfall of rainfall that accompanied them may have caused a fish-killing "red tide," due to runoff from farms....

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How to Change the Weather? By Accident!

UPDATE - We don't know how to make it rain, but we change the weather all the time without meaning to. If you complain that it always rains on the weekend, you're right: pollution, caused by car exhaust from commuters and factories, throws tiny particles into the air, which increase cloud formation during the week. Then it finally...
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Getting to the Core of Climate Change

In order to figure out the climate, we've drilled into ice cores. Now we've found another kind of core to look at: sediments from the earth's core that have been found over a thousand feet beneath the Arctic ocean, which reveal what happened to the earth in over 50 million years of climate change. Meanwhile, polar bears are suffering so much...

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Funding Cut for Crucial Climate Data--UPDATE

The Bush Administration has decided to cancel NASA climate satellites crucial to our ability to understand climate change. By shelving critical programs such as the Deep Space Climate Observatory, the administration continues to do all it can to conceal the reality of climate change. Two missions that could have helped us to understand?and plan...

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Global Warming: Up Close & Uncomfortable

By the year 2100, computers predict that much of Florida's coast will be drowned by the increase in the water level caused by global warming. This will affect fishing, both for sport and for food. Even a 15 inch water rise could be devastating.

Manley Fuller, of the Florida Wildlife Federation, says, "Fishing as we know it could...

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Weather Changes

Global warming is a sad fact: NOAA weather satellite data collected from 1979 through 2005 show that the earth's tropical zone has been steadily expanding since 1979. Researcher Thomas Reichler says, "It's a big deal. The tropics may be expanding and getting larger. If this is true, it also would mean that subtropical deserts are expanding...

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The Roof of the World

The roof of the world is melting, turning large parts of China into a desert. The Chinese Academy of Sciences says the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau are melting so quickly that they are getting 50% smaller every 10 years. Meanwhile, here in the US, the Society of Landscape Architects wants everyone to have a green roof. This doesn't mean you...

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Trying to Predict Future Weather

What do month-to-month temperature fluctuations have to do with century-to-century changes in temperature? At first it might seem like: not much. But in a report published in this week's peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have found some indications that seasonal fluctuations...

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The Heat is On?What Can We Do About It?

While the US government hesitates to take action against global warming for fear it will hurt business, Canada, our neighbor to the north, is way ahead of us. There are important ways that an individual can help stop global warming.

Some individual states are suing the federal government over global warming pollution from power plants...

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Early Casualties of Global Warming

Tuvalu is drowning. The island nation, which is located in the Pacific ocean between Hawaii and Australia, may be the first casualty of global warming.

In the US, we?ve had protest marches about proposed laws that would punish and try to keep out immigrants from Mexico and South America. As global warming causes the oceans to rise, low-...

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World Weather Chaos

Weather across the world has been violent, with unusualevents in Hawaii and Europe, and exceptionally destructivestorms in the U.S. At least 27 people died overnight in themidwestbecause of tornadoes. Over the past month, thestate of Hawai'i has received record rainfall. A dam burston the island ofKauai,causing seven deaths, and a deluge on...

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Whitley's Journal: Because of the Children

Why do we need to do everything we can to try to save the planet from the scourge of global warming? As Whitley writes in his dynamic new journal, the reason should be obvious: it's "because of the children."

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Highest Waves Ever Measured Appear North of Scotland

Waves so huge 'they shouldn't even exist' hammered theresearch vessel Discovery off the coast of Scotland for 12hours. The largest of the waves was a ninety foot monster,and the average wave measured seventy feet in height. Thewaves came with a Force 9 gale (45-50 MPH) but could not beexplained solely by the power of the wind.

Storms had...

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Too Late for the Government to Save Us

Michael McCarthy writes in The Indpendent that a small group of UK government officials are trying to combat global warming by "turning established principles of economic life upside down." It is so important that this be done that "it will have to be taken out of politics," something that hasn't even begun to happen here.

These "four...

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Fierce weather Worldwide

First it was Katrina in New Orleans, then it was a category 5 hurricane in Australia. Last week tornadoes swept the Midwest while fires burned nearly a million acres in North Texas. Now it's flooding in North Texas and Springfield, Ill., which was smashed by tornadoes, is suffering a severe blizzard. All of this can be traced, in one way or...

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More Signs of Global Warming

In this week's Unknowncountry.com newsletter, Whitley Strieber warns that extremely violent and unusual weather was on the way over the next few months. Within hours, a ferocious storm dumped hailstones the size of baseballs on Oklahoma.

CNN reports that storms have brought tornado-force winds and gigantic hailstones to the midwest and...

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Antarctica Melt Will Lead to Sea Level Rise

Just a few years ago, it was theorized that Antarcticcontinental ice might begin to melt significantly by the endof this century. It has just been discovered that massive,unexpected melt is taking place right now. Satellitemeasurements show that the Antarctic is losing over 70 cubicmiles of ice per year, enough to cause the salinity of...

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The NASA Fiasco?Both Points of View

Recently George Deutsch, a Bush appointee to NASA, was forced to resign when he tried to censor their top climatologist James Hansen, who disagrees with the official White House line that global warming is not a problem. Now you can read both sides and make up your own mind.

Andrew Gumbel writes in the Independent that Deutsch, who once...

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Global Warming: Trees are Part of the Problem

Because trees breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen (the opposite of animals and us), it has long been thought that planting trees will help control greenhouse gases. In fact, Italy has been able to participate in the Kyoto Treaty by offering only to plant trees. But now it turns out that trees aren't a solution, they are actually...

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PAST Time to Face Facts About Global Warming

We're in an emergency that is unacknowledged by our government and ignored by the mainstream media. Two huge glaciers in Greenland have recently begun melting, meaning that sea levels will inevitably rise worldwide. Our own government, in the form of NOAA, recently issued a statement saying that "Nine of the 10 warmest years on record have...

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BLIZZARD in Hawaii

A vast arctic cold front has driven temperatures to record lows from Norway to Siberia and Japan, and has now brought snow to the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. Tourists from California who were climbing the volcano were almost stranded when the latest blizzard began. The park rangers who work there all say they have never seen snow...

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Important Environmental Message

James Lovelock, created the Gaia hypothesis, named after the Greek goddess Gaia, which states that that the living matter of the Earth functions like a single organism. The Independent has published an interview with Lovelock in which he states that the goddess Gaia may now be on her death bed.

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Major Permafrost Thaw

Global warming may melt the top ten feet of permafrost, the frozen soil that stretches across the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Canada to Russia. Fairbanks, one of the largest cities in Alaska, is actually built on permafrost, so this is especially worrying to residents of Alaska.

New computer simulations from the National Center...

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Climate Change Inevitable

Whether or not you're experiencing Christmas snow, it's probably warmer than usual where you are. Even if all greenhouse gases had been stabilized in the year 2000, we would still be experiencing a warmer Earth and greater sea level rise right now, in the 21st century, according to a new study by a team of climate modelers.

The National...

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Will the U.S. Finally Sign the Kyoto Agreement?

The U.S. is facing increasing pressure to become a member of the international climate control agreement, known as the Kyoto Protocol, established in 1997, in which all nations agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since we release 25% of the CO2 that gets into the atmosphere, there is intensepressure for us to sign this, but our government...

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Hamsters Get SAD Too

Newswise - SAD, seasonal affective disorder, is depression that somepeople feel as the days get shorter and darker. A new studysuggests that hamsters may suffer from symptoms of anxietyand depression during the dark days of winter, just as somehumans do. If this is the case, we can try to mitigate thiscondition in hamsters, so...

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Southern Plants Travel North

Newswise - Palm trees in Pennsylvania? Magnolias in Minnesota? The migration of subtropical plants to northern climates may happen if future global warming patterns follow the shift that took place in the past.

According to an article in the journal Science, fossils of southern plants found in cold climates provide...

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