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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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How to Get Rid of Greenhouse Gas?Bury It

In order to control global warming, we need to get rid of greenhouse gas. But how can we do it? Cars and young trees give it off, cows poot it out, and power plants produce tons of it. Peter N. Spotts writes in the Christian Science Monitor that a synthetic fuel plant in North Dakota may have found the solution? Bury it.

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Doomsday Weather in June

In a startling announcement, the World Meteorological Organization says the world's weather is going crazy. The WMO usually produces dry, detailed scientific reports, but this time it's sounded an alarm because of the record extremes in weather that have been occurring all over the world, from Switzerland's hottest June to a record number of...

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Gas Tax

In New Zealand, farmers have to pay a "gas tax" based on the flatulence of their farm animals. Scientists say methane emitted by farm animals is responsible for more than half of New Zealand?s greenhouse gases. Last year, New Zealand joined the Kyoto Protocol, agreeing to reduce the production of greenhouse gases, and since they're not a...

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Global Warming Removed from EPA Report

The White House has removed references to problems caused by global warming from next week's Environmental Protection Agency report on the state of the environment. The report was commissioned in 2001 by EPA head Christie Whitman, who is leaving her federal job this month. The original climate information, along with the changes ordered by the...

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Global Warming Makes the Earth Greener

Global Warming has made the Earth greener over the past 18 years, as plants get more heat, light, water and carbon dioxide. This means that while global warming is destructive for some parts of the world?causing floods, droughts or heat waves?it may be beneficial for others.

Not every place has become greener: about 7% percent of the...

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Hellish Heat Wave in India

More than 1,000 people have died in the Andhra Pradesh area of India in a 3 week heat wave. Hundreds more have been hospitalized. The town of Kottagudem recorded a temperature of over 126 Fahrenheit for almost a week. "Life has become a hell," says one villager. "There is no work for farm hands like me. Even if I dare to come out to look for...

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First Tornadoes, Now Hurricanes!

We just got through having a record tornado season, and now NOAA forecasters say there's a "high likelihood" that we'll have a record number of hurricanes this year as well. The hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 30. Author Henry Willis has some insights about the upcoming weather. NOAA predicts between 11 and 15 tropical storms...

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Why the Record Number of Tornadoes?

Henry Willis, author of Earth's Future Climate, says, "The first two weeks of May this year saw the largest cluster of tornadoes in the Midwestern U.S. since record keeping began in 1950. In a ten day period of time, 384 tornadoes touched ground. There is a clear explanation for why this happened. However, the implications of that explanation...

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Record Number of Tornadoes Tied to Global Warming

There have already been a record-breaking number of tornadoes in the U.S.?almost 400?and the tornado season isn't over until July. The last record was 188 in 1999. ''It's the longest stretch of outbreaks that I can recall,'' says meteorologist Dan McCarthy. 48 people have already died, more than died in tornadoes each year between 2000 and 2002...

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Hurricanes Coming Earlier Than Ever Before

Subtropical Storm Ana has hit the north Atlantic Ocean off Bermuda, making this the earliest Atlantic hurricane season in memory. Ana is the first storm of 2003 and one of only two tropical or subtropical storms to form in April since record keeping began. The official six-month Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. U.S....

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Bangladesh May be Drowning Soon

Flooding in Bangladesh will increase by up to 40% this century as global temperatures rise. Each year, about 1/5 of Bangladesh floods. As global warming increases, sea levels will rise, monsoons become wetter and more intense cyclones will lead to higher tides. Bangladesh is flood-prone because it lies in the delta of three rivers: the Ganges,...

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Global Warming Means Different Trees

The clouds over the northeastern U.S. have been getting higher for the past 30 years, as warmer temperatures near the Earth push them upwards. This could damage forests in the Appalachian Mountains. When the cloud base moves up, many spruce and fir trees can't get water from the clouds. If the trend continues, deciduous trees such as sugar...

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Arctic Ice Will Melt in a Hundred Years

Much of the Earth's frozen north will be completely defrosted by the end of the century, according to recent studies. New measurements of the sea ice around the North Pole show it's been reduced by about 4% per cent a decade. If the warming trend continues, Arctic sea ice could eventually disappear almost completely during the summer. This...

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World Warmer but Greenland Colder

Greenland is much cooler now than it was 40 years ago. Edward Hanna, of the Institute of Marine Studies in the U.K. says, "It really depends on what time scale you are looking at?Over the last 40 or 50 years?there has been a statistically significant cooling, particularly in south-western coastal Greenland." This can be confusing if you assume...

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Getting Warm Weather Trees to Grow in Cold Places

If the greenhouse gas gobbling Jatoba tree, which grows in rainforests, could be planted in cold climates, it would help compensate for the CO2 given off by auto and power plant emissions. Swedish scientists now think they may be able to alter trees so they can adapt to new environments by manipulating the genes that tell them to change color...

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Global Warming Caused by Sea Gas

Scientists have found evidence that during past periods of global warming, methane gas was released from the ocean floor. They found fossils from bacteria that fed only on methane that lived on the ocean floor near Santa Barbara 70,000 to 12,000 years ago. They could only have survived if large amounts of methane were released from the bottom...

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Clouds: They're New & Blue

Global warming may have created a new type of cloud called noctilucent or "night shining" clouds (NLCs). They're thin and wispy and have an electric blue glow. "Over the past few weeks we've been enjoying outstanding views of these clouds above the southern hemisphere," says space station astronaut Don Pettit. "We routinely see them when we're...

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