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Scientists Looking for Global Warming?on Computers

While the rest of us swelter, or shelter from the latest storm, climatologists are using supercomputers the size of small buildings to track global warming. And no matter how much the government wants to deny reality, a new international poll reveals that most people know that the future is here?and it's HOT.

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Global Warming to Blame for Many Natural Disasters

Man-made global warming leads to higher ocean surface temperatures, which creates more?and stronger?hurricanes?as well as other so-called "natural" disasters, such as forest fires, droughts and floods.

BBC News reports that climatologists say that global warming will increase the risk of forest fires, droughts and floods over the next...

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Pump Climate Problems Underground

We store dangerous nuclear waste in secret places deep underneath the desert. Can we store dangerous greenhouse gases on the ocean floor?

BBC news reports that scientists are desperately searching for ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions. One of their ideas is to pump the offending CO2 deep under the ocean, kind of the opposite of...

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Pollination Affected by Global Warming

Scientists are turning their attention to how global warming affects plant life. They suspect that there will be less nutrition in vegetables that are grown in the future, due to climate change. But some scientists wonder if there will even BE any vegetables in the future, since global warming affects pollination.

Dr. David Inouye, who...

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Greenland Ice in Runaway Melt

Satellite measurements reveal that Greenland's glaciers aremelting three times faster than expected just two years ago.The melting of Greenland's glaciers floods the NorthAtlantic with fresh water, which increases the speed withwhich water temperatures change, meaning that the AtlanticConveyor, which draws warm tropical water into the Arcticand...

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How Will Global Warming Affect Plants?

It may make them less nutritious. A little-known valley in northern Sweden reveals that the higher temperatures produced by global warming may lead to significant changes in plant nutrients. And the palm trees in Florida are already suffering from rising water levels.

Will global warming mean that our vegetables contain fewer nutrients?...

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Congressman Vows to Fight Global Warming Bill

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo) has said that he will make sure that the 110th Congress will NOT address the climate problem. He offered as his reason that "the information is not adequate," despite the fact that, as long ago as 2001, over a thousand climate experts published a report stating that "There is new and stronger evidence that...

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Who's Dying in the Current Heat Wave?

MORE UPDATES - Heat waves kill the elderly, both here and in the rest of the world. Sociologists have discovered that?in the US at least?severe heat waves kill more people in neighborhoods where there are few inviting businesses to draw older people out of their overheated apartments into an air conditioned environment....

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Far Out Fixes for Global Warming

UPDATE - Shooting sulfur into the atmosphere, eliminating short plane trips, putting satellites in orbit around the earth to reflect sunlight?these are all the drastic measures that scientists are considering to solve the problem of global warming.

Why would we want to inject sulfur into our atmosphere?isn?t our air...

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Famous Waterfall Dries Up

Whitley recently wrote about signs of climate change in the Brazilian rain forest. Now there are reports that Iguazu Falls in Brazil has slowed to a trickle. This huge body of falling water is normally bigger than either Niagara Falls or Victoria Falls in South Africa.

Jorge Adorno and Terry Wade report that Iguazu Falls is usually one...

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Why It's Too Darn HOT

A scientist caused a storm in the atmospheric community a few years ago when he suggested that tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, may be one of the main culprits causing climate change, having an even GREATER impact than greenhouse gases. We already know they have a bad effect on our health. The government's current Clear Skies...

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Don't Plant Pines

To combat global warming, some Kyoto participants have agreed to plant more trees. But the KIND of trees you plant makes a big difference: Landowners in the South are turning stands of hardwood and natural pine trees into pine plantations because pine is a more lucrative source of lumber. But it turns out that pine trees give off more carbon...

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New Global Warming Record Set in 2006

NOAA has announced that average temperatures for the first half of 2006 were the highest ever recorded in the US. NOAA scientists say that temperatures for January through June were 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit above average for the 20th century. Previously, NOAA said that 2005 was the hottest year on record, so we're not doing so well, when it comes...

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We're used to thinking about solar heating, but in manyparts of the country, the big need is for solarcooling.Scientists are working on a thin-film technology that may dojust that.

Researcher Steven Van Dessel and his team have installed atest structure on top of the student union at RensselaerPolytechnic Institute that will both heat...

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Does Global Warming Cause Forest Fires?

The fire season will soon be here and we all hope it won't be as devastating as the last few fire seasons were, when fires swept through large swathes of forests and national parks and destroyed entire neighborhoods in the Western US. Now the increase in the number of fires has been linked with global warming, since it brings us an earlier?and...

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Help Reverse Global Warming: Change Your Bulbs

A lot of the technology that can have a dramatic effect on global warming is right at our fingertips, if we would only screw it in.

Switching to low-energy light bulbs would prevent a total of 16 million tons of carbon dioxide from being added to our atmosphere in the next 25 years. Andy McSmith & Emily Dugan write in the Independent...

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Global Warming: Jellyfish Can Save Us

Transparent jellyfish-like creatures called salps, which are about the size of a human thumb, are swarming by the billions into "hot spots" in the oceans?places where hurricanes are likely to develop. Scientists are hoping that they are transporting tons of carbon per day from the ocean surface to the deep sea, where it will not re-enter the...

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Hurricane Increase Definitely Due to Climate Change

If the US public suffers from many more Katrina-style storms, maybe they will pressure the government to focus on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, instead of getting side tracked by political items like flag burning and gay marriage. Weather researcher Kevin Trenberth, who works for the US government, says, "The global warming influence...

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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 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, 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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