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2007 Will be the Hottest Year Yet

This is the time of year when people make predictions for the New Year. Scientists make predictions too, and meteorologists say that 2007 will be the hottest year ever recorded, all over the world.

There's a 60% chance that 2007 will break the record set in1998, when the weather worldwide was 1.20 degrees warmer than normal. Britain's...

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Does Big Oil Lie About Global Warming?

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists claimsthat ExxonMobil has adopted the tobacco industry's disinformation tactics to cloud the scientific understanding of climate change and delay action on the issue.

According to the report, between 1998 and 2005, ExxonMobil funneled nearly $16 million to a network of 43 advocacy...

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Another Case of Drowning

We recently wrote about how an island nation is drowning in India. Here in the US, Alaska is facing major weather changes. Now, due to the rise in the ocean levels, an island off South Carolina is disappearing.

A photo taken in 2003 of the Isle of Palms resort shows a large beach. Another photo, taken in December in the same place,...

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First Victims of Global Warming

Rising ocean levels, caused by global warming (which is causing glaciers to melt), will soon make 70,000 people homeless, as?for the first time?an inhabited island near India has been completely covered with water.

Geoffrey Lean writes in the Independent that Lohachara island is only the first island nation to drown. The Pacific island...

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Too Hot to Hibernate: Head for the Hills!

As if anyone needs any more proof that global warming is real, biologists have discovered that in Spain, bears are no longer hibernating for the winter. In California, chipmunks, mice and squirrels are moving to higher elevations, where the weather is cooler. They've been doing this for around 100 years, showing that climate change is nothing...

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Melting Lakes May Release Dangerous Flu

Over 5 years ago, we warned that dangerous ancient microbes could be released when glaciers melt, due to global warming. Scientists now think that flu viruses that have been frozen in Siberian lakes for centuries could be released by birds, as the climate changes, causing the lakes to melt.

In New Scientist, Catherine Brahic quotes...

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Arctic Ice Will Soon Disappear

The recent retreat of Arctic sea ice is likely to accelerate so rapidly that in a little over 20 years, as early as 2040, the Arctic Ocean could become nearly devoid of ice during the summer, as a result of global warming.

Scenarios run on supercomputers by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) show that the amount of sea...

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Rare Tornado in London

Signs of predictedweatherextremes are everywhere: a massive snowstorm crippled Buffalo in October. In November, a heat wave ruined the start of the ski season in the Alps. December started with monster typhoon Durian killing as many as a thousand people in the Philippines, while a brutal blizzard knocked out power for millions in the United...

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Good News About Global Warming

"Good" news about global warming: the Southern Ocean may slow the rate of global warming by absorbing significantly more heat and carbon dioxide than previously thought. This could be another factor that can buy us a few more years to make changes?IF we have the foresight to use them wisely.

The Southern Hemisphere's westerly winds have...

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Global Warming: Can We Shade the Sun?

We've recently written about how important clouds are when it comes to global warming. Maybe what we need to do is create a huge, artificial cloud?or space shade?to block the sun's rays from reaching the earth so we can gain extra time to clean up the atmosphere.

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Why a Hungry Nation Needs to Fight Global Warming

New research indicates that reductions in the kind of human-generated air pollution that causes global warming could create unexpected agricultural benefits in India, one of the world's poorest regions.

Rice harvests increased dramatically in India during the "Green Revolution" of the 1960s and 1970s, making the country self-sufficient...

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Sea Levels May Rise Suddenly

Scientists have determined that the Ross Ice Shelf in the Antarctic could collapse without warning in a matter of days, causing a disastrous worldwide sea level rise of sixteen feet. If the West Antarctic Ice Sheet behind it were to then slide into the sea, the increase in sea levels would reach a catastrophic level of over fifty feet, and...

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What Clouds Tell Us About Climate Change

NASA is aiming its satellites at the North Pole in order to study the drops of water in the clouds there. The mystery they want to solve is: why is there so much water in these clouds that isn't frozen? Is this one of the causes?or an effect?of global warming?

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Global Warming: Are Lawsuits Next?

Two Australian researchers say that governments and companies will face an increase in law suits for their role in global warming, due to the damage it causes to health and communities, and they think these claims have a good chance of succeeding. Insurance companies, who have had to pay the costs of most of the weather damage, may be the first...

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Global Warming Caused by Flat Screen TVs?

This is the season of giving, and a lot of people are going to ask for a new television for Christmas. But flat screen TVs could pump hundreds of thousands of tons of extra carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.

In the Independent, Ben Russell warns that these new televisions could increase emissions by 700,...

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Global Warming Stranding Canadian Tribes

Some of the Indian tribes in Canada's far north are becoming isolated from each other?and from the rest of the world?due to ice melting caused by global warming, which is cutting off their traditional winter routes. They are having trouble getting supplies, including food for the winter.

The 34 First Nations reservations, which consist...

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We're Waking Up to Climate Change

A new poll shows that most Americans now think that climate change is one of our biggest problems. Here at unknowncountry.com, we take some of the credit for that awareness. While the subject of global warming is rarely raised in the US national media, WE don't ignore it. A new poll reveals that the general public is finally waking up to this...

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How Will the Weather Change Where YOU Are?

We recently reported that climatologists are using supercomputers to try to figure out exactly how global warming will affect different parts of the world. Researcher Cameron Wake says, "The very notion of the Northeast as we know it is at stake. The near-term emissions choices we make in the Northeast and throughout the world will help...

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A Mighty River Reversed

After hurricane Katrina, engineers are contemplating whether or not to move the Mississippi. Meanwhile, researchers have found evidence that the world's largest river basin, the Amazon, once flowed in the opposite direction.

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Global Warming: A Price to Pay in the (Near) Future

Global warming could cost the world's governments up to 20% per cent of their economies in the near future, due to hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters. What kind of world are we handing to the next generation?

Economist Nicholas Stern says that as things stand now, the world has to pay 1% of its annual gross national product...

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How Will Global Warming Affect Our Future?

Researchers are firing up their supercomputers to try to figure out what changes global warming will bring us in the future.Recent episodes of deadly heat in the United States and Europe, long dry spells across the US West, and heavy bursts of rain and snow across much of North America and Eurasia hint at longer-term changes to come. Much of...

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Global Warming: A Reprieve But No Sign We Will Use It

We recently wrote about how a low level of sunspot activity may give us a reprieve when it comes to global warming, and now the oceans are cooling off as well. We now have a chance (if we take it) to do something about greenhouse gas emissions before it's too late.

Despite the fact that temperatures around the world are rising, the...

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Storms Attack Ice on Opposite Side of Earth

We recently reported that satellites have spotted dangerous cracks in Arctic icebergs, and now we may be discovering WHY this are happening. Can a storm in Alaska, started by global warming, end up breaking apart an iceberg at the opposite end of the earth? The surprising answer is yes.

A severe storm that occurred in the Gulf of Alaska...

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Global Warming Now Critical

One of the greatest tragedies of the Iraq War may turn out to be that we spent so much energy and money on fighting an unnecessary war abroad, while we should have been concentrating on the climate emergency here at home. Now it may be too late.

Global temperatures are dangerously close to the highest ever in the past million years. NASA...

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State Fights Global Warming With No Help From the Feds

If the Federal government won't take a stand against global warming, individual states will have to do it alone. California has filed a lawsuit against six leading car manufacturers, saying that the emissions from the cars they produce are changing the state's weather.

Andrew Gumbel reports in the Independent that California attorney...

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Scientists Looking for Global Warming?on Computers

While the rest of us swelter, or shelter from the latest storm, climatologists are using supercomputers the size of small buildings to track global warming. And no matter how much the government wants to deny reality, a new international poll reveals that most people know that the future is here?and it's HOT.

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Global Warming to Blame for Many Natural Disasters

Man-made global warming leads to higher ocean surface temperatures, which creates more?and stronger?hurricanes?as well as other so-called "natural" disasters, such as forest fires, droughts and floods.

BBC News reports that climatologists say that global warming will increase the risk of forest fires, droughts and floods over the next...

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Pump Climate Problems Underground

We store dangerous nuclear waste in secret places deep underneath the desert. Can we store dangerous greenhouse gases on the ocean floor?

BBC news reports that scientists are desperately searching for ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions. One of their ideas is to pump the offending CO2 deep under the ocean, kind of the opposite of...

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Pollination Affected by Global Warming

Scientists are turning their attention to how global warming affects plant life. They suspect that there will be less nutrition in vegetables that are grown in the future, due to climate change. But some scientists wonder if there will even BE any vegetables in the future, since global warming affects pollination.

Dr. David Inouye, who...

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Greenland Ice in Runaway Melt

Satellite measurements reveal that Greenland's glaciers aremelting three times faster than expected just two years ago.The melting of Greenland's glaciers floods the NorthAtlantic with fresh water, which increases the speed withwhich water temperatures change, meaning that the AtlanticConveyor, which draws warm tropical water into the Arcticand...

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