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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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Why Kyoto Won't Work

According to new research, the Kyoto Protocol to halt climate change, which the U.S. refuses to sign, won't work because it's based on a scientific fallacy. The protocol allows countries to meet their targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade by planting forests to soak up carbon dioxide. But the soil in these new...

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Climate Changed by Cosmic Rays

German scientists have discovered groups of charged particles in the lower atmosphere that eventually cause dense clouds to form. These particles are generated by cosmic rays coming from the Sun. The clouds which are formed play a major role in the climate?some cool the Earth, while others actually heat it up.

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Global Warming Blamed on Soot

Large amounts of soot particles and other pollutants are causing changes in rainfall and temperatures in China. This may be the reason Asia has had so floods and droughts recently. Scientists think soot may be a major cause of global warming, which shifts the responsibility for controlling climate change to developing nations such as China and...

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Land Changes Worse Than Greenhouse Gases

The way humans alter the Earth's surface may be a major cause of climate change. NASA scientists say the way land is used is probably just as important as greenhouse gas emissions, and changes in the surface of the land in the tropics may have a greater influence on climate than El Nino.

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Global Warming Blamed for Floods

The recent flooding of European cities has made scientists wonder if the weather is permanently changing. There is growing evidence of a link between global warming and the floods and droughts that have devastated parts of Asia and Europe this year.

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Satellites Reveal Rapid Polar Melting

Recent NASA satellite images and space-based measurements of the thickness of Earth's polar ice sheets show they are melting much more rapidly than we thought. Large areas of ice in southeast Greenland, West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula are changing rapidly and scientists don't understand why this is happening so fast. NASA?s Eric...

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Sinking Nations Stage a Protest

Pacific island nations are the places that are most at risk of sinking due to rising sea levels caused by global warming. Tuvalu Prime Minister Saufatu Sopoanga predicts the Pacific will completely submerge his country in 50 years. Tuvalu is a nation of about 11,000 people that measures just 10 square miles. A string of nine coral atolls,...

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No More Ice Ages on Earth?

The Earth could be entering into an irreversible greenhouse state, meaning there will be no more ice ages in the future. This would end a weather cycle that has taken place on Earth for 2.8 million years. But now, global warming caused by emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases could tip the Earth into a completely new climate state in...

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Crowds Changing City Weather

Tokyo has become so crowded that the accumulated heat from all the human activity is changing local weather patterns. "We are seeing more than just an increase in temperatures," says Shuhei Akashi, of Japan's Central Meteorological Agency. "It is changing rain patterns and humidity as well."

The warming of crowded cities to one or two...

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Photos Proof of Global Warming

Greenpeace has released photographs which dramaticallydemonstrate global warming. Travelers to the coast of the Norwegian island of Svalbardtook photos of the Blomstrandbreen glacier shown fromexactly the same spot as in 1918 photos, revealing how muchthe glacier has melted in the last 84 years.

The contrast between the two photos is...

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History Washing Away

Catastrophes that leave thousands homeless, such as theforest fires in the western U.S., are always tragic.However, global warming, which brings weather extremes suchas alternating drought and flooding, is even worse becauseit can wash away hundreds of years of human history andculture in a few weeks.

Due to heavy rains in the Czech...

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Major Signal of Coming Climate Change

The shape of the Earth has suddenly changed, becomingflatter. This reverses the course of centuries, during whichtime the Earth grew rounder every year. Scientists thinkthis is being caused by ocean currents dropping down towardthe equator, as predicted in "The Coming Global Superstorm"by Art Bell & Whitley Strieber.

The Earth has...

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Global Warming Means More Monsoons

Asian monsoons have been intensifying over the last 400years, and they're only going to get worse. Stronger monsoonrains will cause severe flooding and erosion, affecting halfthe world's population.

The South Asian monsoon carries rain to billions of peoplein India, China, Bangladesh, and other countries. Themonsoon season begins in...

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We're Heating Up Fast

The first six months of the year have been thesecond-warmest ever and average global temperatures in 2002could be the highest ever recorded, according to weatherexperts in the U.K. It's heated up so much that the weatheris even causing train derailments. "Globally 2002 is likelyto be warmerthan 2001, and may even break the record set in 1998,"...

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Global Warming is Destroying National Parks

You?d better not postpone that trip to a national park much longer, because scientists say global warming is destroying U.S. parks, forests, marine sanctuaries and wildlife refuges. An environmental group called the Bluewater Network plans to file petitions with the Departments of Interior, Agriculture and Commerce asking them to minimize the...

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A Warmer Planet is a Sicker Planet

Scientists warn that infectious diseases will rise as the world gets warmer. Human malaria, butterflies with parasites, diseased corals, and trees overgrown with fungus are some of the things awaiting us as the Earth warms up. Entire species of animals could be wiped out.

Human tropical diseases will become more common as tropical...

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Global Warming Fix is Affordable

People will be 5 times as rich as they are now in 100 years. Most of us won?t live that long, but if we?re willing to be 5 times as rich in 102 years instead?just 2 years later?we can afford to solve the problems that are causing global warming. Think we?ll do it?

U.S. climate scientist Stephen Schneider and Swedish energy economist...

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Phoenix Needs to Cool Off Fast

Phoenix is a successful, growing city but it?s getting far too hot. Residents experience temperatures like 100 degrees F at 10:30 a.m. and they?re looking for a way to cool off. Phoenix wasn?t always this hot. In 1949, the average temperature for July was 90.4 degrees. Last year's average temperature for July was 94.2 degrees.

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