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How to Save the Climate

Our government has only recently acknowledged that global warming is a real threat, but the UK is much more worried than we are, because a change in the flow of the gulf stream, due to melting glaciers which dilute the salinity of the ocean, will change their country's balmy, gentle weather into a climate resembling that of Nova Scotia, which...

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Climate Change Nothing New

We've now discovered signs of climate change on Mars, so it's not surprising that a researcher here on Earth has discovered evidence in Peru of climate change that took place there over 6,000 years ago.

Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson has returned from an Andean ice field in Peru with samples of ancient plants exposed for the first time in...

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How One Country is Destroying the World's Environment

In some ways, China seems ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to the environment. But that's deceptive. China's incredible rate of business growth is affecting the environment at an alarming rate. A report from Greenpeace says that China is the world leader in deforestation. Forests are needed, not only because they help produce the...

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Amazon Fires & African Drought Affect Us Here in the US

A vast drought threatens to kill the Amazon rain forest in Brazil, and as it dries up and becomes a tinder box, the likelihood of devastating fires predicted in Whitley Strieber's 1984 book Nature's End become greater and greater. Scientists in the UK are warning that dramatic changes may soon occur in Africa's vegetation in response to global...

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Future Storms Will Be Even Stronger

We've got had the one-two punch of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the northeastern part of US is experiencing severe floods. Climatologists may not all agree on the details of what's causing global warming, but they all agree on one thing: in the future, storms will be a lot stronger than they used to be. Researchers are using their super...

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Warm Water Pouring into Arctic: Comment from New Whitley?s Journal

Scientists say that the amount of warm water reaching the Arctic from the Atlantic increased dramatically in 2004. This means that polar ice has started melting even faster than usual and that our climate will change radically. There may be more complex reasons for this than just greenhouse gasses, and Whitley writes about this in his new...

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Global Warming: Viruses Will Escape from Melting Ice

As the world warms up, ice sheets and glaciers are melting, releasing trapped viruses that have been frozen for hundreds of thousands?perhaps even millions?of years. Are any of them dangerous?

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Too Late to Reverse Global Warming

There was a record loss of ice in the Arctic this summer, and climatologists are saying that the Earth may have passed the "tipping point" at which global warming is now inevitable. Hurricane Katrina is an example of this. While scientists don't think global warming causes more hurricanes to form, they know that it DOES make the ones that do...

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Climate Change Witch Hunt

Three of America's leading climate scientists are accusing a politician of intimidating them, because they are insisting that global warming is real and that action should be taken immediately to curb greenhouse gas emissions, before more events like hurricane Katrina occur. The question is, is Rep. Joe Barton (R,TX) doing this at hisown...

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Katrina: Whose Fault is It?

Whitley writes in his latest journal: "Another summer, another series of weather catastrophes worldwide...And now Katrina, which could well turn out to be the greatest environmental disaster in the history of the United States, and a terrifying warning of worse to come?"Don't miss this incredible journal entry!

If you care about global...

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A River Disappears

A river went underground in one Arizona town as a huge fissure opened up in another. The Santa Cruz River rose so high that it covered Interstate highway 19 in places. Cars couldn't get through. Then three days later, the water disappeared, leaving nothing behind but a few dead fish. The river had vanished.

In what is possibly a related...

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Can We Clean Up Fossil Fuels?

Can we continue to burn fossil fuels and still halt global warming? Big government and big business are pushing zero emission power plants tha tburn coal or gas but release no CO2. Europe is much more worried about global warming than the complacent US, because if the gulf stream stops flowing, which it happening right now, then the UK and much of...
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Record Year for Tropical Storms

Wacky weather caused by global warming continues. Consistent with predictions that this would be a stormy summer, July has set a record for the number of tropical storms spawned in the Atlantic. It was also the second hottest July on record, and a month that saw some of the greatest extremes of drought and flooding ever recorded. The Indian...

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Bolt from the Blue

In the latest incident of wacky weather, the National Weather Service in Phoenix reports a lightning bolt so powerful it looked like a volcano and sounded like a dynamite blast. It damaged 13 homes in the area.

After striking one house, the lightning spread to other houses in the neighborhood through wet soil and underground wiring....

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Have We Reached the Tipping Point?

A massive, unexpected thaw that covers an area of Siberia the size of France and Germany combined is now releasing billions of tons of the super global warming gas methane into the atmosphere. This will cause the kind of methane spike that preceded the last period of extreme warming 15,000 years ago, which was followed by a violent change to a...

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Alaska Still the Canary in the Coal Mine

Coal miners used to take canaries in cages down into the pit with them. If the birds expired, they would know that oxygen was short and it was time to return to the surface. Alaska seems to be the place in the US that is the global warming canary in the coal mine, because the signs of warming weather are showing up there first.


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Wacky Weather Continues?Hottest Summer Ever

It's official: the weather bureau has announced that this is the hottest summer ever in the US. At least 40 people have died from the heat in Phoenix, but places that are usually much cooler in the summer, such as upstate New York, are experiencing an incredible heat wave as well. As those of you familiar with global warming know, the world...

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Global Warming Really Here

Despite what the government and car manufacturers would like you to believe, the fact is that global warming is really here. One thing that will slow down the Gulf Stream, the powerful ocean current that brings warm water (and weather) to the UK and the rest of Europe, is dilution of the ocean?s salt level, due to an influx of freshwater from...

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Sea Level Rise Reversal

Current estimates indicate that the global sea level is rising due to global warming and glacier shrinkage. Recent scientific studies have shown that a variety of terrestrial ice sources, such as the Greenland ice sheet, the West Antarctic ice sheet and Alaskan mountain glaciers, are contributing significant amounts to the global sea-level rise...

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Brutal Heat Stalks Planet

Twenty-one people died in Arizona from the heat, and itreached 117 F in Las Vegas, tying a record set in 1942. Nowthe brutal heat has moved east, and triple digittemperatures are expected across the midwest, with heatadvisories in most states east of the Mississippi.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, Siberian forests areburning due to...

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Major Hurricane Season Ahead

So far, 2005 has set a new record for hurricane activity. Never before in recorded history have four tropical storms formed in the Atlantic so early in the hurricane season, and this is caused by global warming, which doesn't just heat things up?it increases extreme weather activity.

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Lopsided Earth

NASA - Global warming may lead to a lopsided planet, if the extrarain and snow which are depicted in the film The Day AfterTomorrow lead to more ice in the South Pole, while the NorthPole melts due to hotter weather.

Robert Roy Britt writes in the NASA website livescience.comthat researcher Dylan Powell and his...

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Global Warming: A New Piece of the Puzzle

Newswise - A climatologist has found that the kinds of plants growingin a specific area can significantly affect the extremeweather caused by global warming. Global warming doesn'tsimply cause warmer weather; it causes weather extremes,including storms, floods, and even freezes. These can varysubstantially in frequency and...

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Global Dimming Finally Reversing

Newswise - Over a year ago, we posted a story explaining howglobaldimming is caused by a buildup of greenhouse gases in theatmosphere. Now climate scientists say that after 30years, this is finally reversing. Earth's surface hasbrightened by about 4% during the past decade, a reversal ofthe dimming trend that masks the full...

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Hydropower Leads to Global Warming

Damming rivers to produce hydropower sounds like the perfectsolution the problem of relying on fossil fuels?EXCEPT thatit also produces large amounts of methane, which is one ofthe worst greenhouse gases. Methane's effect on globalwarming is over 20 times more than carbon dioxide?andhydroelectric dams also give off CO2. This will be...

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Antarctica Melting Fast

Agence France-Presse - The worst fears of environmentalists are coming true:Scientists have issued a new warning about the effects ofclimate change on Antarctica, saying that more than 200glaciers are melting because of unusually high temperatures.Using aerial photos dating back to the 1940s and more recentsatellite images,...

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Biggest Extinction Caused by Low Oxygen

Newswise - The biggest mass extinction in Earth history happened 251million years ago and it took millions of years for theEarth to finally repopulate. New research shows that thisextinction event was caused by a sudden sharp decline inatmospheric oxygen?why did this happen and could it happenagain?

250 million years ago...

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Does Dandruff Change the Climate?

New Scientist reports that German atmospheric researcherRuprecht Jaenicke took air samples from Germany, Siberia,the Amazon rainforest, the Atlantic ocean and from bubblesin Greenland ice. When he analyzed the particles he found inthese samples, he found that 25% of them were organicdetritus, such as dandruff, hair, sloughed off skin cells,etc...

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Horrific Hailstorm Part of Global Warming

In a scenario right out of the film "The Day AfterTomorrow," Hailstones "as big as eggs" have killed 18 peopleand injured 25 in China. In one area, over 25,000 houseswere destroyed, along with local crops.

Di Fang writes in the China Daily that some of thehailstones were five inches wide. They caused over 17million dollars in damage. The...

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Rock Dust: Cure for Global Warming?

Australian scientists have discovered that vegetablesplanted in rock dust grow to an extraordinary size. Thedust, a byproduct obtained from rock quarries, rejuvenatestired soil. By mixing the rock dust with compost,researchers have been able to produce football-sizedcabbages, coconut-sized onions, and plum-sized strawberries.Best of all, the...

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