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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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California Warming Up?Along With Thirsty Rats

At the University of California, said Lisa Sloan, an associate professor of Earth sciences, has figured out how global warming will effect the climate of California within the next 50 to 100 years.

One effect that doesn?t surprise anyone is that there will be less water around. "Everybody has guessed at the effects on water resources,...

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Bush Says Global Warming Real?And Harmful

President Bush has sent a report titled ?U.S. Climate Action Report 2002? to the United Nations, which details the specific and far-reaching effects that global warming will inflict on the U.S. environment. For the first time, the Bush administration blames recent global warming on human actions and says the main cause is the burning of fossil...

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Tough Times for Butterflies and Bears

Dawn Levy writes that since 1960, biologist Paul Ehrlich and his research group have been conducting a study of the population of Jasper Ridge's Bay checkerspot butterflies. But now they won't be able to continue their study, because the last two Jasper Ridge populations went extinct in 1991 and 1998. After examining 70 years of rainfall and...

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Earth Warming Faster Than Expected

Planet earth is warming up faster than previously expected, according to Geoff Jenkins, head of the Hadley Center for Climate Prediction and Research. Dying forests, expanding deserts and rising sea levels will wreak havoc on human and animal lives sooner than anticipated as global warming accelerates. He says, "It looks like it will be warmer...

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Looking for Climate Clues in Alaska

Glaciologist Lonnie Thompson, of Ohio State University, wants to read the record of ancient weather trapped inside ice from Alaskan glaciers that date back thousands of years. He?s going on his 44th expedition to the remote region of the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountain range on the U.S.-Canadian Border. There, in an ice-filled area between two...

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NY Times Supports Superstorm Scenario

The New York Times declared that airplane flight was impossible?shortly before the Wright Brothers had their first successful flight. They declared that Roswell consisted of crash test dummies being tossed from airplanes years after the event actually happened. (Although, to be fair, Maureen Dowd in her column doubted the absurd Air Force story...

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Trees Won?t Save Us From Greenhouse Gas

U.S. and Brazilian researchers say waterways in the Amazon are releasing far more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than previously thought. That finding suggests tropical rainforests are not carbon ?sinks? that protect the Earth from excess CO2.

Using satellite radar imagery and streamflow measurements, researchers determined that the...

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Ireland Shrinking, London Sinking

Ireland is shrinking warns Andrew Cooper, director of the Coastal Research Group at the University of Ulster. He says the sea is swallowing up about 750 acres of Ireland each year, and warns that the process would quicken.

He says global warming will subject Ireland?s shores, particularly along the northern and western Atlantic coasts,...

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Global Warming Brings New Disease

In 1994, during an unusually cold January in Maryland, birdwatchers began noticing red finches with swollen, crusty eyes. They sat alone on the bird feeders, with ruffled feathers while healthy birds flitted around them. Within weeks, sick finches were reported far beyond the Washington area where they were first observed. By the end of the...

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Eskimos Cope With Global Warming

Usha Lee McFarling of the Los Angeles Times reports that Eskimos are trying to cope with the fact that the ice in Russia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland has started to thaw. Thunder and lightning, which were once rare, have become common. A strange warm wind now blows in from the south. Hunters who prided themselves on their ability to read the...

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Bush Gives In to Oil Industry Pressure

The Bush administration has withdrawn its support for Robert Watson, the American atmospheric scientist who is seeking re-election as head of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when it holds its election later this month in Geneva. The State Department says it will support Rajendra Pachauri, the Indian government?s nominee, to...

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Warming Earth Crust Proves Global Warming

A team of American and Canadian researchers has found proof of global warming: the temperature of the Earth?s crust is increasing at a remarkable rate. ?We can now say we truly have global warming,? says Dr. Hugo Beltrami, a geophysicist at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

Until now most data on global warming has been...

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Satellites Tell Us if Global Warming Real

A group of scientists in the U.S. and England says there is no proof we are experiencing global warming, and if we are, increased greenhouse gas emissions may not be the cause. They argue that temperature rise projections this century are ?unknown and unknowable? and say it?s ?a media myth? that only a few scientists share their skepticism....

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Warmest Winter Yet

The last three months were the warmest on U.S. record books, and January was the warmest in the 123 years that temperatures for that month have been recorded globally. The warmth stretched from western states like Montana and Oklahoma to the East Coast. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Massachusetts and Vermont saw the warmest November-January...

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Waters Rising

Professor Mark Meier of the University of Colorado says scientists have seriously underestimated the rise in sea levels that will occur this century. His team came to this conclusion by examining the rate at which glaciers and ice caps are melting because of rising temperatures on Earth.

They say these areas to be retreating far faster...

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A Hotter Future for Us?While Europe Freezes

In a report released February 6, NOAA scientists report the ocean circulation system has been slowing down since the mid-1970?s, causing an increase in ocean surface temperatures along the Equator in the Pacific Ocean and a decrease of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

According to NOAA, ?These circulation changes are linked...

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No Winter for Olympics Next Time?

The World Resources Institute (WRI), A U.S. environmental group, says future Winter Olympics could be in jeopardy because of global warming. Winters will be shorter and warmer, and there may not be enough snow for the competition. The problem will affect Europe as well as north America. The 2006 Winter Olympic Games are due to be held in the...

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Greenhouse Gases Slowing Down Earth

Thanks to pollution, our days will be getting longer in the future. We could be slowing down the rotation of the Earth by steadily releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to a team of Belgian researchers. They used climate models to simulate a 1 percent increase in the primary greenhouse gas each year, a rise they said...

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Fewer Clouds Mean Global Warming

NASA researchers have found that more sunlight entered the tropics and more heat escaped into space in the 1990s than in the 1980s, meaning there was less cloud cover to block incoming radiation or to stop the heat from escaping into the atmosphere. They determined this after examining 22 years of satellite measurements.

?Since clouds...

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Greenhouse Gases Lower

A new NASA study shows that the rate of growth of greenhouse gas emissions has slowed since its peak in 1980, due to reduced chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) use, slower growth of methane, and a steady rate of carbon dioxide emissions. Overall, the growth of emissions has slowed over the past 20 years, with the lower CFC the most important factor....

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Worldwide Climate Crisis

Countries around the world are trying to cope with climatic catastrophe, as a big freeze chills Europe and North America, Brazil recovers from torrential rains, bushfires blaze in an Australian heatwave and Saudis pray for rain. North America was plunged into an intense cold front that buried Buffalo and sent 3 feet of snow to New York.

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White Christmas

A white Christmas is only a memory in most of the United States, according to Dale Kaiser and Kevin Birdwell, of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Looking at the snowfall in16 cities?mainly in the north?since 1960, the number of white Christmases per decade declined from 78 during the 1960s to 39 in the 1990s.People in Chicago, for...

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Sudden Climate Change a Reality

The National Academy of Sciences says that global warming could trigger ?large, abrupt and unwelcome? climatic changes that could severely affect ecosystems and human society.

This fulfills the scenario in ?The Coming Global Superstorm,? published last year by Whitley Strieber and Art Bell. The warning comes six months after they...

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New Places Needed to Grow Crops

Scientists warn that agricultural harvests in some parts of the world could fall by about one-third as global temperatures increase. Farmers growing crops like rice and wheat will find it harder to set seed, and they will have to find new places to grow crops like tea and coffee.

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