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Coming Closer to Sudden Climate Change

Levels of carbon dioxide accumulating in the atmosphere aresharply increasing, which means that climate change mayoccur sooner than expected.

Michael McCarthy writes in the Independent that the suddenjump in CO2 can't be explained by a sudden increase ingreenhouse gases from utilities or automobiles?because therehasn't been one.


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African Wars Really Over Climate Change

Environmentalists predict that global warming, which canlead to droughts and encroaching deserts, will lead to warsin the future. This is already happening in Africa.

Ed Stoddard writes that many African conflicts there can betraced back to increasingly parched and degraded land. SouthAfrican environmentalist Crispian Olver says, "From...

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Giant Dogs Once Roamed the Earth

There were giant dogs roaming North America 50 millionyears, but they got killed off by the changing climate. Theywere bigger than today's wolves and had gigantic teeth thatcould crush bones. In fact, the diversity of all largemammals on Earth plummeted starting during the last Ice Age,which occurred around that time, and the extinctions...

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Toxic Algae Near Seattle

An unusually large bloom of toxic algae, which could poisonboth humans and shellfish, has been detected in the oceanoff the northwest coast of Washington state. OceanographerVera Trainer says,"The levels of toxin are the highest we've ever seen."Shellfish tainted by the same type of poisonous algae offPrince Edward Island in Canada killed 3...

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Why China is Watching Day After Tomorrow

It was recently announced that Chinese officials haveadvised all climate scientists to view the Day AfterTomorrow film, inspired byTheComing Global Superstorm by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber.Now we'velearned why: China's glaciers are melting so quickly due toglobal warming that they will disappear in 100 years,increasing floods in some places...

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Where to Go to Avoid Global Warming

A computer program that predicts regional climate changereveals that that global warming won?t be as severe in thecentral United States as in other parts of the country. Thisarea includes Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Atmospheric scientist Zaitao Pan says, "The modeling showedthat warming in the United States will be stronger in...

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The Devastation of September UPDATE

In his newJournal,Whitley writes: "September, 2004, has been a terrible monthon planet earth. We have suffered one of the greatestsequence of storms in recent memory, with devastation fromthe United States to China to Bangladesh?Billions of dollarsand hundreds of lives have been lost. It will get worse andworse and worse, unless we act at once...

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No More Winter in Europe

A new report from the European Environment Agency saysEuropean winters will disappear by 2080 unless globalwarming slows down there. This may be why global warming isin the headlines in the U.K. and Europe, while it's hardlycommented on in the U.S. press.

Gaia Vince writes in New Scientist that Europe is warmingmore quickly than the...

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Think the Weather's Getting Stranger?

Vote in our newpoll. Tell uswhether "It's about normal where I am," "It's been very strangelately" or "I think all this global warming stuff is a bunchof hype." Keep reading to learn the results of last week'spoll.

Last week we asked you, "Do you believe that John Kerrydeserves his Vietnam medals?" We had to adjust the poll toremove...

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What Warming Will Do to Us

While climate change kills off many species, scientists havefound evidence that it brings genetic changes to others?andthose are the ones that stay healthiest. Can humans use thisinformation to make it through the upcoming climate changes?

Biologist Elizabeth A. Hadly studied two kinds of rodentsfound in Yellowstone National Park in...

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Changes All Around Us

We've recently posted stories about birds and butterfliesmissing from their usual haunts and sometimes turning up instrange places. This could be due to global warming or tothe pole shift now in progress, which will affect migratoryanimals. We've also posted a story about leaves changingmuch earlier than usual, which predicts an especially...

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Have We Reached the Tipping Point?

There may be "tipping points" on Earth. When these change,the entire climate begins to alter and this change may beirreversible.

Researchers think there are 12 "hotspots" which regulate theEarth's environment. If one of these is subjected to stress,it could trigger large-scale, rapid changes in the entireplanet. But we don't know how to...

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More Hurricanes to Come

Ivan is on its way towards Florida, but this probably won'tbe the last major storm to hit the U.S. this year. NASAmeteorologist Marshall Shepherd says, "Over the past fewyears, we've seen an increasing trend toward greateractivity in the Atlantic Basin and increased strength instorms. [That] has been leading us to believe that we aregoing to...

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The Die is Cast

In his newInsight,Whitley Strieber writes: "We have entered unchartedterritory, and things are not going to get better. In fact,the planet will, over the next ten or so years, becomeunable to support as many people as it does now. A diebackof the human species will begin during the next decade?Giventhe geopolitical situation in which we find...

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Leaves are Turning Early

Global warming is changing the weather, but to say it'sgetting warmer (or colder) is too simple. Birds and insectsthat are sensitive to subtle alterations in the climatereveal these changes by moving to new areas. Now botanistsare noticing another change: leaves are turning colorearlier than usual.

This is being noticed in southern...

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U.S. Government Finally Faces Facts

A new government report calledOurChanging Planet says people are responsible for the globalwarming of the past 30 years. This idea has long beenaccepted by scientists, but has been resisted by bigbusiness interests in the White House who don't want toforce industries to curb their greenhouse gas emissions orproduce low-emission cars.


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Fewer Lobsters, Except in Maine

Butterfliesand birds aremissing from some areas and turning up in others?and now thesame thing is happening with lobsters. There are fewerlobsters than there used to be everywhere along the EastCoast except Maine, where there are more lobsters than everbefore. Scientists are trying to discover why this ishappening.

Jeff Donn writes that...

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A Final Glass of Wine

We may soon say good-bye to wines from Italy and France,since those regions are becoming too warm to grow grapes.But it won't be the end of wine?we'll be drinking GermanChianti and English Champagne instead.

Climatologist Gregory Jones says, "We estimate that within50 years temperatures in the region of Chianti, wheresummers are already...

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Wacky Weather Continues Worldwide

Violent storms in the ocean off the U.K. and Ireland areripping off huge chunks of cliffs and hurling the rocks longdistances inland?distances scientists didn't think werepossible. And a tornado has been seen at 12,000 feet inSequoia National Park in the U.S., making it the highestelevation tornado ever recorded. This is something new,since...

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New Evidence Backs Up Superstorm

One of the major criticisms of the film "The Day AfterTomorrow," inspired by Whitley Strieber and Art Bell's book"The Coming Global Superstorm," was that climate changetakes place slowly, not suddenly, as it did in the movie.However, Whitley's research uncovered facts such asnow-extinct mastodons that had been quick-frozen with plantsstill in...

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A Country is Lost

The Maldives will soon be lost underwater. This touristdestination is being drowned by the rising sea level andwill be uninhabitable in one hundred years. Its 360,000citizens will have to find another country to take them in.

Nick Bryant writes in that Male, the capital ofthe country, is surrounded by a ten-foot-high wall,...

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Saved by Plankton--But Can Plankton be Saved?

We recently wrote that the ocean issaving us fromsome of the ravages of global warming by absorbing carbondioxide. Plankton, the tiny plants that float on the surfaceof the ocean, also have amazing powers: aside from providinghalf the Earth's oxygen and feeding many marine animals,they may be able to change the weather as well.
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The Ocean is Saving Us?For Now

Scientists have discovered that nearly 50% of the carbondioxide that humans have pumped into the atmosphere over thelast 200 years has been absorbed by the ocean. This meansthat greenhouse gases aren't as high as they would beotherwise, meaning global warming has been sloweddown?for now. But what effect does all this CO2 have on thefish so many...

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Wacky Summer Weather

Extreme weather continues to strike without warning aroundthe world and global warming is front page news in manycountries. In the U.S., we have to rely on ourlocal weatherreports, and have no way of knowing that our bizarre,unseasonable weather is being repeated around the globe.There are major floods in areas around the world and Europe,which...

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Why Don't We Worry About the Weather?

We get weather forecasts every day, but not much news aboutglobal warming. U.S. scientists fear that the public "turnsoff" when it hears predictions of climate change, eitherbecause we don't want to face facts or because the subjectis too big to understand. Climate change has apublic relations problem. There have been major indicationsof global...

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Ocean Currents Could Lead to Superstorm

There are more sunspots now than there have been in the last 1,000 years, and this could be a major cause of global warming. Also, vast areas of cold water have suddenly appeared in the North Pacific and North Atlantic, meaning we could be on our way to a Superstorm.

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Alaska is the Canary

The term "canary in the coal mine" refers to miners who used to take canaries in cages with them underground. If the bird expired, they would be warned that oxygen was running low and it was time to go back to the surface. When it comes to global warming, Alaska is the canary in the coal mine, because problems are showing up there first...
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Basic Foods May be Lost

Global warming affects the kinds of foods that can be grown in different areas and scientists worry that the staple foods of specific parts of the world, such as corn in South America, wheat in the West and rice in Asia, may no longer be able to be grown in the areas that rely on them.

Already, warmer nighttime temperatures have led to a...

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The Methane Mystery

As we've written here before, one of the mysteries about global warming events of the past is that huge amounts of the greenhouse gas methane were suddenly released into the atmosphere. Where did this come from, and could it happen again? Scientists think one of the culprits may have been ordinary dirt.

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Time to Test That Movie

Does the film The Day After Tomorrow portray events that could really happen? Instead of arguing about it, computers around the world are going to test it. Environmentalist Mat Collins says, "Extreme scenarios make great films, but for practical planning we need to know how likely it is that such events will actually happen."

Alex Kirby...

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