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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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Glacier Turns into Lake

A new lake has been born in Nepal, that's half a mile long and over 300 feet deep. It's also 4 miles above sea level, because twenty-five years ago it was a glacier. "It's an important piece of evidence that the climate is actually warming," says Chris Folland of the U.K. Hadley Center for Climate Research. And old records kept by convicts in...

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And Hay Fever Too

Global warming is making the hay fever season last longer, because trees and grasses are sprouting earlier than normal. "Higher temperatures and climate change is adding to people's woes still further. This really is the first time there has been a medical, or consumer angle, to the climate change story," says a spokesman for the Woodland Trust...

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Deformed Frogs are Early Warning

Miners used to carry caged canaries down into the mines. If the canary dropped dead from lack of oxygen, they had an early warning that it was time for them to get out. Now scientists think the dramatic increase in deformed frogs is an early warning that the environment is changing. There has been a huge increase in extra legs, deformed legs...

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England Shows Signs of Climate Change

Coastal cities and island nations are where where global warming and rising sea levels will have the most effect. England will be especially hard hit because the Gulf Stream, which now keeps Britain warm, will drop down, giving the U.K. the same weather as Northern Canada, which is on the same latitude. The recent heavy snowstorms in the U.K....

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Melting Glaciers Reveal Hidden Worlds

Global warming, and the resulting glacier melt, may reveal lost secrets of our ancient past that have been hidden for hundreds and thousands of years. Smithsonian anthropologist William Fitzhugh discovered a 4,000-year-old basket in Siberia. "I was digging down through this stuff, it was literally like banging your hammer on a frozen cement...

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Anti Global Warming Book Debunked

"The Skeptical Environmentalist" by Bjorn Lomborg, which says global warming isn't real and there is no chance of sudden climate change, has been censored by the Danish Committee on Scientific Dishonesty, according to the New York Times of January 8. Although it hasn't sold well in the U.S., the book has been widely promoted by conservative...

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Animal Habits Changed by Global Warming

Some species of birds have been flying in the same migration patterns for hundreds of thousands of years. Some fish and butterflies follow ancient migratory paths. Now biologists are finding changes in these ancient routes and resting places, due to warmer temperatures on Earth. And many animals are migrating earlier than they did a few decades...

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More Storms Ahead

The ice and snow storms that shut down parts of the U.S. may not be over yet?there may be more to come, due to an El Nino in the Pacific Ocean. "El Nino is one of the driving forces behind these kinds of winter storm systems, which develop in the South and head east," says Conrad C. Lautenbacher of NOAA. El Nino occurs when surface temperatures...

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Earth Getting Fatter?and Mussels Know Why

Not only is there a wave of obesity in the well-fed Western world, but the Earth itself is getting fatter around the middle, caused by global warming. An increase in glacier melting at the poles, along with shifts in ocean circulation, have forced water away from the poles to the Earth's midsection. Physicist Jean Dickey of the Jet Propulsion...

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Global Warming Leads to Political Unrest

Global warming will make world poverty worse, which could destabilize the third-world countries where millions of poor people live and make them more open to government extremism. The UN's Rajendra Pachauri says, "Large areas of poverty are dangerous for the world as a whole as they provide fertile ground for extremist views...Things go wrong....

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Warming Up in Strange Places

Melting was so severe on the Greenland ice sheet this summer that some of the scientists there weren?t sure they would be able to get off. "We had come in with a fixed-wing aircraft landing on skis," says Konrad Steffen "If that snow is melting then you cannot leave. As it was, we had to charter a helicopter."

This was a record-breaking...

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Drastic Changes in our Future

If the climate keeps changing at the current rate, there will be drastic changes by the year 2080. "We're talking of about the submergence of islands, submergence of Shanghai, the submergence of Bombay, the submergence of New York City," says Steve Sawyer of Greenpeace. "Manhattan would be under water." Global warming will lead to the melting...

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States Fight Global Warming

While Congress and the administration have avoided signing the Kyoto Treaty or taking action against global warming, states are taking matters into their own hands and have enacted state laws to fight climate change. More than half the states have voluntary or mandatory programs for reducing carbon emissions. Fifteen states have legislation...

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