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More Greenhouse Gas Than Ever

By 2020, annual emissions of carbon dioxide will have increased by 50% worldwide, which equals about 3.5 billion tons, according to ExxonMobil Corp. This is because global demand for fossil fuels for cars and power plants will rise by 40%, as populations increase and economies grow. "Between now and 2020 we estimate increases of some 3.5...

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How Global Warming Will Change Alaska

We've written about how global warming will change the states of California and Washington. Alaska is warming up more quickly than anyplace else on Earth, meaning big changes are in store for the people?and animals?living there.

John Whitfield writes that in Prince William Sound, boats now have to navigate around calved icebergs from the...

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Did Humans Change the Weather?

U.S. politicians are finally admitting that we're in the midst of global warming, but they don't all agree that this is caused by human activity. While it's vital to plan for the future now?no matter how we got into this situation?it's important to know how much influence human activity has had on climate change, because that's where we can...

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How Global Warming Will Change Seattle

We recently wrote about how global warming will change California. Now a new report says that there will be major changes in Washington state as well. "The time for plain speaking is long overdue," says climatologist Edward Miles. "We have never faced a problem like this."

Lisa Stiffler and Robert McClure write in the Seattle Post-...

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Ice Man Evidence of Sudden Climate Change

From a plant in Peru that was flash frozen 5,000 years ago, we have evidence that past climate change happened in hours. Another reason we know there was sudden climate change 5,200 years ago is from the prehistoric man called Otzi, who was frozen in the Alps around that time and only discovered a few years ago, since the Alps are melting. "We...

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Weather This Winter: A Wild Ride

This winter's weather will feature dramatic shifts between hot and cold from month to month, and even week to week, due to the absence of either an El Nino or La Nina in the Pacific Ocean. El Nino is an unusual warming of the Pacific ocean which leads to a mild winter in the U.S., while La Nina does the opposite. Without either one, the weather...

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How Global Warming Will Change California

We need to face the fact that the climate is changing throughout the world, and the sooner we plan for it, the better we?ll be able to deal with it. Nature, in the form of pollution, wildfires and floods, is constantly forcing California to plan for the future, and now they're planning for a future after global warming as well.

"Climate...

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Evidence Past Climate Change Happened in Hours

Discovery of a 5,200 year old soft-bodied plant frozen in glacial ice in Peru reveals evidence of a massive and long-lasting climate change that happened amazingly quickly. In order for the plant to have been quick-frozen rather than killed by frost, it must have been covered by a massive snowfall that took place over just a few hours. Since...

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Will Climate Change Make Us Evolve?Again?

In the current era of global warming, scientists at the Geological Society of America are taking a look at ancient periods of climate variability, some of which lasted for millions of years. During these periods, great strides were made in human intelligence, language, and creativity. Will this happen again?

Some of the questions...

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What Will Happen to Farms in the Future

Global warming will change the weather, meaning farmers will have to move to new areas and learn to grow different crops. After a long period of denial, researchers are now looking closely at agricultural areas in the U.S. in order to predict the changes that will occur if carbon dioxide levels double by 2060, as expected. But for U.K. farmers...

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Plankton Prevents Ice Ages?But it's Going Fast

We wrote that runaway icebergs are killing plankton in the Antarctic by blocking the sun from reaching the surface of the water. This is bad news for more than penguins, because scientists think, eons ago, these tiny shelled sea creatures ended a 200 million year era of extreme ice ages and have protected the Earth from repeating this cycle...

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Polar Winds Speeding Up

The polar vortex above the North Pole is speeding up and scientists can't figure out why. "This is possibly...related to global climate change," says Arctic scientist James Morison. The increased wind velocity may help explain the extraordinarily warm weather in the Arctic over the past decade, which is disrupting fishing, animal behavior, and...

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Newmans Own Environment

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, along with Fred Krupp, president of Environmental Defense, are asking people to sign a petition supporting the bipartisan McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act, which will soon come up for a vote. You can click on the same link to read a summary of the bill, which would cap greenhouse emissions. Over 200,000...

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Runaway Iceberg Creating Ocean Desert

Icebergs that calve off giant ice shelves can create "deserts" in the ocean by blocking sunlight from reaching marine life. An iceberg 20 miles wide and 124 miles long named C-19, that broke off from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica last year, is wiping out marine wildlife. It's killing phytoplankton, which is a key element in the Antarctic...

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Global Warming Revealed in Alaska First

Because it's so far north, Alaska is showing the effects of global warming long before any of the other 49 states. Forests that should be green are brown, due to the spruce bark beetle. Over the past 15 years, it's killed more trees in Alaska than any other insect in North America's recorded history. Ecologist Ed Berg blames the high beetle...

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Amazon: Ancient City, Future Dustbowl

Global warming could dry up the Amazon river and turn the tropical forest into a dustbowl in the next 50 years. This would be caused by a change in the rainfall patterns, brought on by changes in the Pacific ocean currents, which in turn are caused by increased freshwater released by melting glaciers. A newly discovered ancient city in the...

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Ice Shelf Break Up Ominous Sign

The largest ice shelf in the Arctic has broken up, Canada and the U.S. announced on Monday. The Ward Hunt Ice shelf has been a feature of the polar cap for at least 3,000 years. It has broken up as a result of the exceptionally hot summer of 2003, and will now turn into a large number of icebergs, which will drift south and melt over the next...

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A Gift from Hurricane Isabel

While Isabel caused destruction in many areas, it brought a gift to Primo D'Agata of Berlin, Connecticut. "I thought it was hail and I said to my wife, 'Ginger, it's hailing,'" he says. "I went back to reading my paper and then I saw the things were still there and were not melting. I went out and saw hundred of these white things." They turned...

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Where Global Warming Shows Up First

Researchers 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle are looking for signs of global warming, because they?ll show up here first. "?We're just getting to the point of understanding what is normal," says researcher John Hobbie. "Now we're looking for changes due to climate change. Climate changes are going to happen here first. Up here they're...

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What Happened Last Time?

Scientists know the Earth's magnetic poles are getting ready to flip, so they plan to study an ice core shipped from Antarctica that can tell them what happened to the Earth the last time this occurred. They'll also be able to find out what the climate was like the last time Earth was in its current orbit?without the global warming caused by...

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Fungus Warming

We know that global warming can be caused by carbon dioxide emissions, solar flares and natural Earth cycles, and...fungus? But it's true?there are tiny fungi living under the snow high in the Rocky Mountains that produce large quantities of greenhouse gases.

When these fungi reproduce, they create nitrogen and carbon dioxide, which...

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It's Hotter Than Ever, Thanks to Us

The Earth has been warmer since 1980 than it was at any time in the last 2,000 years. Scientists have reconstructed past climates from ice cores and tree rings, and say this is proof that human activities are changing our weather. U.K. researcher Philip Jones says, "It just shows how dramatic the warming has been in recent years. You can't...

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Melting Alps Becoming Morgue

Global warming is causing the Alps, which are made of rocks held together by permafrost, to collapse. The 5,000-year-old corpse called "Oetzi" was found there in 1991. Now melting ice is turning the mountains into a morgue, revealing the bodies of climbers who died there in modern times.

A Swiss father who has been searching the Alps for...

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Where Will We Farm in the Future?

The hellish heat wave is finally breaking in Europe, and being replaced with severe storms. Now Europe is wondering if hot summers may become permanent, due to global warming. If this is the case, they'll need to find new places to grow food.

Andy Coghlan writes in New Scientist that the European Commission (EC) has issued a bulletin...

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The Alps are Collapsing

Scientists think global warming will melt the Alps over the next twenty years, causing the mountains to collapse into piles of rubble. The mountain range is made up of rocks, with an icy crust of permafrost holding them together. This ice is melting fast, and the rocks are falling in great avalanches, making climbing dangerous. One avalanche...

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Is Cold Atlantic Sign of Climate Change?

The long hot summer, along with recent droughts, makes some scientists think global warming may be here with a vengeance. But the real sign of climate change will be when Europe gets colder, because the ocean current that warms it stops flowing up from the south. Now scientists are reporting that the Atlantic ocean has become unseasonably cold?...

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Summer in Europe is Hell

Forest fires burning out of control, drought killing off farm crops, power grids failing due to the overuse of air conditioners?sounds like the summer in the U.S., but it's this summer in Europe instead. Europeans are trying to figure out if their record-setting heat wave is a fluke or if it's a sign of global warming.

"The weather we've...

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Is it Warming or Cooling?

Reporter Alister Doyle writes that while the world is suffering through one of the hottest years on record due to global warming, some places are getting much colder. "We are disrupting the entire climate system," says Rajendra Pachauri, of the UN panel on climate change. "It's not as though there is going to be a uniform warming of the entire...

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Bush Editing

28 pages were removed from the 900 page report to congress by the Bush government about the causes behind 911. According to the New York Times, those pages would have revealed that Saudi officials funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations that helped finance the September 11 attacks. Another example of Bushing editing is the new...

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Climate Changed by Cosmic Rays?or by Us?

Tom Clarke writes in nature.com about a controversial new report that says that the impact of cosmic rays on our climate might outweigh the effects of greenhouse gases. Physicist Nir Shaviv and climatologist J

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