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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  August 11, 2009 -----------

Global Warming Causing Alarming Glacier Meltdown

Our glaciers, long considered a benchmark for the effects of global warming, are melting and receding at an alarming rate, with scientists predicting as a result, increasing worldwide sea levels and flooding of low-lying coastal communities, rendering the areas inhabitable. The scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have monitored three glaciers located in Alaska and Washington State, for 50 years and issued a new report on their findings, showing an accelerated wasting away of the glaciers during the past 15 years, which is caused by the global warming of our planet. Lead researcher Edward Josberger, with the USGS Washington Water Science

Center in Tacoma, Washington, likened the accelerated glacier melting as the “canary in the coal mine,” warning the world of the deadly changes to come. The scientists began monitoring the three glaciers in 1959 and they have never recorded during that time, such a decrease in the mass balance of the glaciers. The meltdown and retreat of the glaciers also coincides with the highest melt years on record, as the melting water from the glaciers floods delicate ecosystems and rivers. The scientists have been collecting annual data from three glaciers that represent three climatic regions in the United States; the South Cascade Glacier in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, the Wolverine Glacier on the Kenai Peninsula near Anchorage, Alaska and the Gulkana Glacier in the interior of Alaska.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  August 10, 2009 -----------

'Cloud ship' scheme to deflect the sun's rays is favorite to cut global warming

The "cloud ships" are favored among a series of schemes aimed at altering the climate which have been weighed up by a leading think-tank. The project, which is being worked on by rival US and UK scientists, would see 1,900 wind-powered ships ply the oceans sucking up seawater and spraying minuscule droplets of it out through tall funnels to create large white clouds.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  JUNE 22, 2009 -----------

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A sea of tears: as rising oceans are flooding out the people of South Bangladesh

Due to rising sea levels in the Bay of Bengal, the villages scattered along the south-western coast are being flooded with salt water.

Large tracts of land, previously green with paddy, are now hot and stagnant pools

The briny water also has ruinous effects on the ecosystem. Nothing grows in these districts any more: the fish have died, along with the birds that depended on them

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Sunday January 18, 2009 Yea saith God, as the waters lap at the shores of the world it is an end times sign, for have I not told you that the waters would rise and begin to cover the coasts of the whole world, do you see it happening, but it is only the beginning saith God, for the world must know it’s sin, the world must know that my word is true, that my prophets do not speak falsely but truly, saith God.

 

Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  March 20, 2009 -----------

Population 'Frozen in fear over climate change

Heads in sand ... despite an overwhelming consensus on the science, researchers say they're not able to convey how close Earth is to "climate catastrophe".

SCIENTISTS say they are haunted by the failure to convey to the world just how close Earth is to climate catastrophe.

Top researchers who gathered in Copenhagen for a climate change conference said they were worried that people could not psychologically deal with the enormity of the problem and were reverting to doing nothing.

French glaciologist Claude Lorius, one of the first scientists to publish in 1987 evidence that global warming was real said he despaired of getting the message across.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  March 18, 2009 -----------

PROPHECY...Sunday May 6, 2007... Thus saith the Lord, America the winds that blow upon you are changing, the winds are now coming upon the east coast from the east which is uncommon... and upon all coasts of America you shall see the waters rise, parts of the coasts that were dry will become covered in water, as will the coasts of the whole world, for it a time now that will show my wrath upon the sin of the world saith the Lord.

Wall St. underwater?: rising seas to hit NY hard

A predicted slowdown in Atlantic Ocean currents will cause sea levels along the US northeast coast to rise twice as fast as the global average,

exposing New York and other big cities to violent and frequent storm surges, according to a new study.

Manhattan's Wall Street, barely a metre (three feet) above sea level, for example, will find itself underwater more often as the 21st century unfolds, said the study

PROPHECY...Sunday January 18, 2009 Yea saith God, as the waters lap at the shores of the world it is an end times sign, for have I not told you that the waters would rise and begin to cover the coasts of the whole world, do you see it happening, but it is only the beginning saith God, for the world must know it’s sin, the world must know that my word is true, that my prophets do not speak falsely but truly, saith God.

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World faces 'irreversible' climate change, as researchers warn of Droughts, flooding, storms and mass extinction in the future

The world is facing an increasing risk of "irreversible" climate shifts because worst-case scenarios warned of two years ago are being realized, an international panel of scientists has warned.

The current climate situation on the planet may be as severe as the worst-case scenarios predicted

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  March 9, 2009 -----------

Arctic summer ice could vanish by 2013: expert

The Arctic is warming up so quickly that the region's sea ice cover in summer could vanish as early as 2013, decades earlier than some had predicted, a leading polar expert said on Thursday.

Warwick Vincent, director of the Center for Northern Studies at Laval University in Quebec, said recent data on the ice cover "appear to be tracking the most pessimistic of the models", which call for an ice free summer in 2013.

The year "2013 is starting to look as though it is a lot more reasonable as a prediction. But each year we've been wrong -- each year we're finding that it's a little bit faster than expected," he told

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  February 27, 2009 -----------

Polar regions found warming fast, raising sea levels

The Arctic and Antarctic regions are warming faster than previously thought, raising world sea levels and making drastic global climate change more likely than ever, international scientists said on Wednesday.

New evidence of the trend was uncovered by wide-ranging research in the two areas over the past two years in a United Nations-backed programme dubbed the International Polar Year (IPY), they said.

"Snow and ice are declining in both polar regions, affecting human livelihoods as well as local plant and animal life in the Arctic as well as global atmospheric circulation and sea-level," according to a summary of a report by the researchers.

An assessment of the findings of the research was still being refined, said the IPY's "State of Polar Research" report.

"But it now appears certain that both the Greenland and the Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass and thus raising sea level, and that the rate of ice loss from Greenland is growing," it said.

"New data also confirm that warming in the Antarctic is much more widespread than it was thought prior to IPY."

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"Gaia" scientist says life doomed by climate woes

Climate change will wipe out most life on Earth by the end of this century and mankind is too late to avert catastrophe, a leading British climate scientist said.

James Lovelock, 89, famous for his Gaia theory of the Earth being a kind of living organism, said higher temperatures will turn parts of the world into desert and raise sea levels, flooding other regions.

His apocalyptic theory foresees crop failures, drought and death on an unprecedented scale. The population of this hot, barren world could shrink from about seven billion to one billion by 2100 as people compete for ever-scarcer resources.

"It will be death on a grand scale from famine and lack of water," Lovelock told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday. "It could be a reduction to a billion (people) or less."

By 2040, temperatures in European cities will rise to an average of 110 Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) in summer, the same as Baghdad and parts of Europe in the 2003 heatwave.

"The land will gradually revert to scrub and desert. You can look at as if the Sahara were steadily moving into Europe. It's not just Europe; the whole world will be changing in that way."

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Antarctic glaciers are melting faster across a much wider area than previously thought

Antarctic glaciers are melting faster across a much wider area than previously thought, scientists said Wednesday _ a development that could lead to an unprecedented rise in sea levels.

A report by thousands of scientists for the 2007-2008 International Polar Year concluded that the western part of the continent is warming up, not just the Antarctic Peninsula.

Previously most of the warming was thought to occur on the narrow stretch pointing toward South America, said Colin Summerhayes, executive director of the Britain-based Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research and a member of International Polar Year's steering committee.

But satellite data and automated weather stations indicate otherwise.

"The warming we see in the peninsula also extends all the way down to what is called west Antarctica,

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  February 18, 2009 -----------

The tropics on fire: scientist's grim vision of global warming*

Tropical forests may dry out and become vulnerable to devastating wildfires as global warming accelerates over the coming decades, a senior scientist has warned.

Soaring greenhouse gas emissions, driven by a surge in coal use in countries such as China and India, are threatening temperature rises that will turn damp and humid forests into parched tinderboxes, said Dr Chris Field, co-chair of the UN's Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental

Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Higher temperatures could see wildfires raging through the tropics and a large scale melting of the Arctic tundra, releasing billions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere that will accelerate warming even further, he said.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  January 23, 2009 -----------

Global warming increasing death rate of US trees, scientists warn

Studies find wide range of tree species are dying with serious long-term effects for biodiversity and carbon dioxide release

Global warming prompts increase in tree deaths

Trees in the western United States are dying twice as quickly as they did three decades ago and scientists think global warming is to blame.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  December 26, 2008 -----------

Greenland's Glaciers Losing Ice Faster This Year Than Last Year

The research team has been monitoring satellite images of Greenland to gauge just how much ice flows from landlocked glaciers towards the ocean to form floating ice shelves.

Eventually, large pieces of these ice shelves will break off into the sea, speeding up the flow of more glacial ice to add to the shelves.

Warming of the climate around Greenland is believed to have added to the increased flow of ice outward from the mainland via these huge glaciers.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  December 24, 2008 -----------

NASA: Global warming to increase severe storms, rainfall

The frequency of extremely high clouds in Earth's tropics — the type associated with severe storms and rainfall — is increasing as a result of global warming, according to a study by

scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

In a presentation today to the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, JPL Senior Research Scientist Hartmut Aumann outlined the results of a study based on five years of data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  December 10, 2008 -----------

Chilean glaciers in rapid retreat due to global warming: report

Chile's glaciers are on the retreat, a sign of global warming but also a threat to fresh water reserves at the southern end of South America, a report has found.

In a November report, the Chilean water utility -- Direccion General de Aguas de Chile (DGA) -- said the Echaurren ice fields, which supply the capital with 70 percent of its water needs, are receding up to 12 meters (39.37 feet) per year.

Twenty of the glaciers studied receded between 1986 and 2007 in Campos de Hielo Sur, the third largest ice reserve in the world after Antarctica and Greenland. At the current rate of decline, Echaurren and other small glaciers close to Santiago could vanish over the next half century.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  December 4, 2008 -----------

Soot darkens ice, stokes runaway Arctic melt-study

Soot is darkening ice in the Arctic and speeding a melt that could make the ocean around the North Pole ice-free in summer well before 2050, experts said on Tuesday.

The experts said the fight against warming in the Arctic should be re-directed to focus more on cutting the industrial pollution from soot, ozone and methane in Europe, North America and Russia to try to prevent the ice disappearing.

Soot or black carbon darkens the ice and makes it soak up more heat, accelerating a melt compared to reflective snow and ice. Methane comes sources including oil and gas and agriculture while ozone is formed from industrial pollutants.

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Global warming to harm Pacific food security: UN

Global warming causes freak weather that may have a "devastating impact" on food security in the Pacific region, the UN food agency warned.

"Climate projections for the Pacific island countries are bleak and indicate reduced food security, especially for households," Alexander Mueller, assistant director-general at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said in a statement.

The region is increasingly beset by tropical cyclones, flash floods and droughts, with devastating effects on agriculture, including water stress, more pests and weeds, erosion and loss of soil fertility, the statement said.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  December 2, 2008 -----------

Climate change gathers steam, say scientists

Earth's climate appears to be changing more quickly and deeply than a benchmark UN report for policymakers predicted, top scientists said ahead of international climate talks in Poland.

Evidence published since the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change's (IPCC) February 2007 report suggests that future global warming may be driven not just by things over which humans have a degree of control, such as burning fossil fuels or destroying forest, a half-dozen climate experts told AFP.

Even without additional drivers, the IPCC has warned that current rates of greenhouse gas emissions, if unchecked, would unleash devastating droughts, floods and huge increases in human misery by century's end.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  October 22, 2008 -----------

Climate changing 'faster, stronger, sooner'

Climate change is happening faster than previously predicted according to a new World Wildlife Fund report.

The WWF say climate change threat has worsened in the 15 months since the IPCC last reported.

Bringing together some of the most recent scientific reports and data, "Climate change: faster, stronger, sooner" reveals that global warming is accelerating more rapidly than the predictions made in the IPCC's Fourth Assessment Report published in 2007.

One of the most concerning aspects of recent data is evidence that, in some places, the Arctic Ocean is losing sea ice 30 years ahead of current IPCC predictions.

Summer sea ice is now forecasted to completely disappear in the summer months sometime between 2013 and 2040 -- something which hasn't happened for over a million years.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  October 13, 2008 -----------

Greenland had record summer snowmelt

Marco Tedesco said melting in northern Greenland lasted up to 18 days longer than previous maximum values.

And he said the melting index -- the number of melting days times the area subject to melting -- was three times greater than the 1979-2007 average.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  October 8, 2008 -----------

Seas turn to acid as they soak up CO2

The Bay of Naples is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and glittering clear waters. For centuries, tourists have flocked to the region to experience its glories.

But beneath the waves, scientists have uncovered an alarming secret.

They have found streams of gas bubbling up from the seabed around the island of Ischia.

'The waters are like a Jacuzzi - there is so much carbon dioxide fizzing up from the seabed,' said Dr Jason Hall-Spencer, of Plymouth University. 'Millions of liters of gas bubble up every day.'

The gas streams have turned Ischia's waters into acid, and this has had a major impact on sea life and aquatic plants.

Now marine biologists fear that the world's seas could follow suit.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  October 1, 2008 -----------

Climate Change: Europe warming too quickly

EUROPE is warming faster than the world average and governments need to invest to adapt to a changing climate set to turn the Mediterranean region arid and the north ever wetter, a study showed.

Europe's mountains, coasts, the Mediterranean and the Arctic were most at risk from global warming, according to the report by the European Environment Agency and branches of the World Health Organisation and the European Commission.

"Global average temperature has increased almost 0.8C above pre-industrial levels, with even higher temperature increases in Europe and northern latitudes," it said.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  September 24, 2008 -----------

Greenland's ice cap melting faster than expected: experts

Greenland's ice cap, which covers more than 80 percent of the island, is melting faster than expected because of global warming, a Danish researcher said.

The 1.8-million-square-kilometre (695,000-square-mile) ice cap, which accounts for 10 percent of the planet's fresh water, is losing about 257 cubic kilometers (62 cubic miles) of ice per year.

In 2080, it is expected to lose 465 cubic kilometers (111 cubic miles) per year, according to new estimates presented by a Danish-US team of scientists at the International Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The net loss in 2080 would be "81 percent greater than today" and would cause "sea levels to rise by 107 millimeters" (4.2 inches), the team's head researcher Sebastian Mernild said in a statement received in Copenhagen.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  September 18, 2008 -----------

Polar ice loss heralds a change in the weather - 

While this summer's minimum polar ice extent failed to surpass last year's retreat, scientists are not greeting the news with a sigh of relief. The record minimum set in 2007 caught many by surprise, but this year's observations are equally disconcerting. 

Experts expected the winter of 2007-2008 to bolster the sea ice and hold the 2008 minimum well above the record low. Instead, the 4.52 million square kilometers of ice recorded on September 12, 2008 was just 10 percent shy of the record minimum. "We're heading towards a new state in the Arctic." 

This year's pattern of ice retreat is not a new phenomenon, but it popped up in more locations than experts had expected. "In a lot of ways, this year is more remarkable than last year." 

Cooler temperatures and cloudier skies kept the ice from reaching another record, but scientists were looking for those factors to help the ice to regain some of the area it lost last year. 

This summer's extent was not the significant rebound scientists were expecting. It would take four to five consecutively cool summers to regain what has been lost in the past two years. 

"It doesn’t seem like that’s realistic under current conditions." Most sea ice experts agree that summer ice may vanish from the North Pole in 2030 — some even posit 2012 as the landmark date. 

Without the ice to reduce the sun's heating power, the Arctic Ocean's temperatures will shoot up in the summer, disrupting ocean circulation patterns around world over. And, as ocean currents shift, weather may fall into unpredictable patterns.

 

Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  September 11, 2008 -----------

Climate change 'causing extreme ocean waves'

CLIMATE change has caused an increase in weather events and extreme waves being generated off the southern coast of Australia, researchers have found.

An analysis of available data shows significant increases in wave heights in the Southern Ocean over the past 45 years, particularly during the southern hemisphere autumn and winter months, the report said.

The frequency of large wave events has also increased.

"Extreme wave conditions are greatest south of the Australian continent, associated with the passage of extra-tropical storms along Australia's southern margin," the report said.

The researchers also discovered a connection between an increase in the power of waves in northern Australia and the length and strength of monsoon seasons.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  September 8, 2008 -----------

Global warming to stoke more powerful hurricanes

Global warming is likely to boost the power of the strongest tropical cyclones, a study released on Wednesday says.

An additional one degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) in sea temperatures in tropical regions where cyclones breed could lead to a nearly one-third rise in the number of the most powerful storms, it says.

"As the seas warm, the ocean has more energy to convert to tropical cyclone wind," say authors of the paper, released by the London weekly Nature.

Previous research, based on observations over the past 30 years, has already suggested that hurricanes -- as cyclones in the Atlantic are known -- have become more intense as a result of warmer seas.

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The Big Melt: 20-square-mile ice sheet breaks loose in Canada

A 20-square-mile ice shelf in Canada's northern Arctic has broken away from Ellesmere Island, surprising scientists who say the floating ice shelf is another dramatic indication of how warmer

temperatures are changing the polar frontier.

Dr. Derek Mueller, an Arctic ice shelf specialist at Trent University in Ontario, said Wednesday that the 4,500-year-old Markham Ice Shelf separated in early August and is now drifting into the Arctic Ocean.

Dr. Luke Copland, director of the Laboratory for Cryospheric Research at the University of Ottawa, says reduced sea ice conditions and unusually high air temperatures have hastened the ice shelf loss this summer.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  September 4, 2008 -----------

Climate change intensify massive glacier disappearance

The United Nations said Monday that swathes of mountain ranges worldwide risk losing their glaciers by the end of the century if global warming continues at its projected rate.

The UN Environment Program (UNEP) said in a report that whilst nature has always observed a certain periodic rate of deglaciation, the current trends observed from the Arctic to Central Europe and South America are of a different order.

"The ongoing trend of worldwide and rapid, if not accelerating, glacier shrinkage on the century time scale is most likely to be of a non-periodic nature, and may lead to the deglaciation of large parts of many mountain ranges by the end of the 21st century," the report warned.

The report said that glaciers lost on average a mass of more than half a meter water equivalent in the period 1996-2005, which is twice the ice loss of the previous decade (1986-95) and over four times the rate of the period 1976-85.

The UNEP report comes shortly after scientists warned that they could no longer rule out a fast-track melting of the Greenland ice sheet, which could see much of the world's coastline drowned by rising seas.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  August 29, 2008 -----------

Melting polar ice hits 'tipping point,' nears record loss

Calling it a "tipping point" for global warming, scientists said today that Arctic Ocean ice has melted this summer to the second-lowest level in three decades. The low point was reached just last September.

With three weeks to go in the Arctic summer, the record could still be broken, the Associated Press reports.

"We could very well be in that quick slide downward in terms of passing a tipping point," said senior scientist Mark Serreze at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. "It's tipping now. We're seeing it happen now."

The center measured Arctic sea ice at about 2.03 million square miles. Last September was the low point since satellite measurements began in 1979: 1.65 million square miles.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  August 27, 2008 -----------

Alaska's warm weather this summer has all "gone north." Way north.

Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center say strong, southerly winds from the North Slope have devoured a huge swath of Arctic ice larger than the state of Texas in the heart of the Beaufort Sea.

Combining that loss with the overall decline in sea ice in recent years should leave this year's end-of-summer Arctic ice pack close to its lowest measurement on record.

It may also open up the ice-encrusted Northwest Passage for the second year in a row, and only the second time in recorded history.

 

Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  August 22, 2008 -----------

Climate change creating havoc in South Pacific, islanders say

Assistance sought for those already hit by Pacific storms, rising sea level

ALOFI, Niue-Climate change is wreaking havoc in the small island states of the South Pacific and assistance is needed for those already hit by rising seawater and severe storms, an islands leader said.

Pacific Islands' Forum chairman and Niue Premier Toke Talagi said the frequency of severe cyclones and rising sea levels meant the challenge of climate change is no longer a matter of scientific theory.

"The evidence is quite clear that climate change is already wreaking havoc here," he said as he opened the annual summit of 16 nations.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  August 20, 2008 -----------

Portrait Of A Warming Ocean And Rising Sea Levels

Warming water and melting land ice have raised global mean sea level 4.5 centimeters (1.7 inches) from 1993 to 2008.

But the rise is by no means uniform.

The dramatic variation in sea surface heights and heat content across the ocean are due to winds, currents and long-term changes in patterns of circulation.

From 1993 to 2008, the largest area of rapidly rising sea levels and the greatest concentration of heat has been in the Pacific,

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  August 18, 2008 -----------

Suffocating dead zones spread across world's oceans

Critically low oxygen levels now pose as great a threat to life in the world's oceans as overfishing and habitat loss, say experts

With more than 400 oxygen-starved dead zones in global coastal waters, scientists are calling for such dead zones to be recognised as one of the world's great environmental problems

Man-made pollution is spreading a growing number of suffocating dead zones across the world's seas with disastrous consequences for marine life, scientists have warned.

The experts say the hundreds of regions of critically low oxygen now affect a combined area the size of New Zealand, and that they pose as great a threat to life in the world's oceans as overfishing and habitat loss.

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BRAZIL - PENGUINS are washing up on tropical beaches with scientists unsure why the Antarctic birds are heading closer to the equator than ever before. About 300 penguins have recently been found dead and alive along the coast of the Brazil' s Bahia state, 1200km northeast of Rio de Janeiro. "THIS IS UNHEARD OF. There have even been reports of penguins washing up as far as Aracaju." Biologists believe stronger-than-usual ocean currents had pulled the birds north but others have said over fishing and warmer ocean temperatures may have led the birds to search for food further north than their normal Antarctic and Patagonian habitats.

Hundreds of baby penguins swept from the icy shores of Antarctica and Patagonia are washing up dead on Rio de Janeiro's tropical beaches. "I think we're seeing more young and sick penguins because of global warming, which affects ocean currents and creates more cyclones, making the seas rougher." The vast majority of penguins turning up are baby birds that are unable to out-swim the strong ocean currents as they search for food. Every year Brazil airlifts dozens of penguins back to Antarctica or Patagonia. So while it is common to find some penguins swept by strong ocean currents from the Strait of Magellan, THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THIS YEAR THAN AT ANY TIME IN RECENT MEMORY.

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ALASKA

Right now the so-called summer of '08 is on pace to produce the fewest days ever recorded in which the temperature in Anchorage managed to reach 65 degrees. That record was set in 1970, when they only made it to the 65-degree mark on 16 days out of 365.

This year, however - with the summer more than half over - there have been only seven 65-degree days so far. And that's with just a month of potential "balmy" days remaining and the forecast looking gloomy.

In terms of "coldest summer ever," however, a better measure might be the number of days Anchorage fails to even reach 60. There too, 2008 is a contender, having so far notched only 35 such days - far below the summer-long average of 88.

Unless they get 10 more days of 60-degree or warmer temperatures, they're going to break the dismal 1971 record of only 46 such days. The current summer clearly has broken company with the record-setting warmth of recent years. Consider:

• 70-degree days. So far this summer there have been two. Usually there are 15. Last year there were 21. In 2004 there were 49.

• 75-degree days. So far this summer there've been zero. Usually there are four. Last year there were 21. In 2004 there were 23.

So are all bets off on global warming? Hardly, scientists say. Climate change is a function of long-term trends, not single summers or individual hurricanes. Federal meteorologists trace a lot of the cool weather to ocean temperatures in the South Pacific.

When the seas off the coast of Peru are 2 to 4 degrees cooler than normal, a La Nina weather pattern develops, which brings cooler-than-normal weather to Alaska.

Water temperatures in the eastern South Pacific have begun to warm this summer - and the weather should eventually follow.

The current three-month outlook calls for below-normal temperatures for the south coast of Alaska from August through October - turning to above-normal temperatures from October through December.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  JULY 31, 2008 -----------

The Big Melt: Giant chunks break off Canadian ice shelf

Giant sheets of ice totaling almost eight square miles broke off an ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic last week and more could follow later this year, scientists said on Tuesday.

Temperatures in large parts of the Arctic have risen far faster than the global average in recent decades, a development that experts say is linked to global warming.

The ice broke away from the shelf on Ward Hunt Island, an small island just off giant Ellesmere Island in one of the northernmost parts of Canada.

It was the largest fracture of its kind since the nearby Ayles ice shelf -- which measured 25 square miles -- broke away in 2005.

Scientists had already identified deep cracks in the Ward Hunt shelf, which measures around 155 square miles. The shelf is one of five along Ellesmere Island in the northern Arctic.

"Because the break-off occurred between two large parallel cracks they're thinking more could go this summer before the freeze sets in," said Trudy Wohlleben of the Canadian Ice Service.

Asked to be more specific, she told Reuters: "More could be a piece as large as the Ayles ice shelf."

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  JULY 30, 2008 -----------

Climate Change In The USA To Cost Billions

Climate change will carry a price tag of billions of dollars for a number of U.S. states, says a new series of reports from the University of Maryland's Center for Integrative Environmental Research (CIER). The researchers conclude that the costs have already begun to accrue and are likely to endure.

Combining existing data with new analysis, the eight studies project the long term economic impact of climate change on Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey and Ohio. Studies on additional states are in the works.

"We don't have a crystal ball and can't predict specific bottom lines, but the trend is very clear for these eight states and the nation as a whole:

climate change will cost billions in the long run and the bottom line will be red," says Matthias Ruth, who coordinated the research and directs the Center for Integrative Environmental Research at the University of Maryland.

"Inaction or delayed action will make the ink run redder."

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  JULY 17, 2008 -----------

White House buries climate change report

The White House buried a report prepared by US government scientists which detailed a rising death toll from heat waves, fires, disease and smog they predicted would be caused by global warming.

Environmental advocates accused President George W Bush's administration of delaying the release of the 149-page report so that it could avoid regulating greenhouse gases.

The Bush administration has worked to discourage a link between public health and climate change, fearing this would compel the government to regulate greenhouse gases

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Future Snowmelt in West Twice As Early As Expected

Researchers, including a Purdue University professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, discovered that a critical surface temperature feedback is twice as strong as what had been projected by earlier studies.

Global warming could lead to larger changes in snowmelt in the western U.S. than was previously thought, possibly increasing wildfire risk and creating new water management challenges for agriculture, ecosystems and urban populations.

Early snowmelt and warmer soil temperatures could result in further massive forest mortality and an increased risk of wildfire activity.

The amount and timing of the runoff from snowmelt is critical to the success of water management in the western U. S.

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The Big Melt: Antarctic ice shelf 'hanging by thread'

NEW evidence has emerged that a large plate of floating ice shelf attached to Antarctica is breaking up, in a troubling sign of global warming, the European Space Agency (ESA) said today.

Images taken by its Envisat remote-sensing satellite show that Wilkins Ice Shelf is "hanging by its last thread" to Charcot Island, one of the plate's key anchors to the Antarctic peninsula, ESA said.

"Since the connection to the island... helps stabilize the ice shelf, it is likely the breakup of the bridge will put the remainder of the ice shelf at risk," it said.

Wilkins Ice Shelf had been stable for most of the last century, covering around 16,000 square kilometers, or about the size of Northern Ireland, before it began to retreat in the 1990s.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  JULY 16, 2008 -----------

Global Warming Causes Argentine natural ice dam to burst for first time in winter

The 60-meter (200-foot) high wall of ice from the Perito Moreno glacier that usually divides Lake Argentina in Patagonia bursts from time to time under the built-up pressure of the held-back water.

But until now it had occurred in warmer seasons.

The glacier's ice dam does not break with any regularity, on average just once every four to six years.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  JULY 14, 2008 -----------

ARTIC ICE MELTDOWN

The melting of the Arctic ice this year started at least four weeks ahead of the long-term average. Separate teams of scientists in Canada and the US have forecast that this year's seasonal melt of Arctic sea-ice may well reach or exceed last year's record thaw in which the ice retreated to an extent not predicted for several decades. Twenty Russian scientists are to be evacuated from their camp on a drifting ice-floe in the Arctic after it started disintegrating sooner than expected. Russian researchers have a long history of setting up camps on drifting ice-floes, the first being undertaken in 1937. When this latest expedition was launched last year at the time of the record melt, it took the team three weeks to find a suitable piece of ice on which to establish a base. The Russians usually prefer to set up their camps on ice at least three metres thick but the thaw was so extensive that they had to settle for a floe that was only around 1.5m thick.

ANTARTIC ICE MELTDOWN

Antarctic ice shelf 'hanging by thread' - New evidence has emerged that a large plate of floating ice shelf attached to Antarctica is breaking up, in a troubling sign of global warming. Images show that Wilkins Ice Shelf is "hanging by its last thread" to Charcot Island, one of the plate's key anchors to the Antarctic peninsula. "Since the connection to the island... helps stabilise the ice shelf, it is likely the breakup of the bridge will put the remainder of the ice shelf at risk." Wilkins Ice Shelf had been stable for most of the last century, covering around 16,000 square kilometres (6,000 square miles), or about the size of Northern Ireland, before it began to retreat in the 1990s. Since then several large areas have broken away, and two big breakoffs this year left only a narrow ice bridge about 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles) wide to connect the shelf to Charcot and nearby Latady Island. The latest images show fractures have now opened up in this bridge and adjacent areas of the plate are disintegrating, creating large icebergs. Scientists are puzzled and concerned by the event. The Antarctic peninsula - the tongue of land that juts northward from the white continent towards South America - has had one of the highest rates of warming anywhere in the world in recent decades. But this latest stage of the breakup occurred during the Southern Hemisphere's winter, when atmospheric temperatures are at their lowest. One idea is that warmer water from the Southern Ocean is reaching the underside of the ice shelf and thinning it rapidly from underneath. "Current events are showing that we were being too conservative, when we made the prediction in the early 1990s that Wilkins Ice Shelf would be lost within 30 years. The truth is, it is going more quickly than we guessed." In the past three decades, six Antarctic ice shelves have collapsed completely - Prince Gustav Channel, Larsen Inlet, Larsen A, Larsen B, Wordie, Muller and the Jones Ice Shelf.

 

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South Pole ice shelf close to collapsing

Scientists are concerned an ice bridge in Antarctica connecting the Wilkins Ice Shelf to Charcot Island is close to collapsing, and could put the rest of the 9,000 square-mile ice shelf at risk.

About 838 square miles of ice have broken-off from the shelf in recent months.

The British Antarctic Survey said "Current events are showing that we were being too conservative, when we made the prediction in the early 1990s that Wilkins Ice Shelf would be lost within thirty years -- the truth is it is going more quickly than we guessed."

 

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Penguins Setting Off Sirens Over Health Of World's Oceans

For 25 years, working with the Wildlife Conservation Society and UW colleagues, Boersma has studied the world's largest breeding colony of Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo on the Atlantic coast of Argentina.

That population probably peaked at about 400,000 pairs between the late 1960s and early 1980s, and today is just half that total.

Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, penguins are sounding the alarm for potentially catastrophic changes in the world's oceans, and the culprit isn't only climate change, says a University of Washington conservation biologist.

Oil pollution, depletion of fisheries and rampant coastline development that threatens breeding habitat for many penguin species, along with Earth's warming climate, are leading to rapid population declines among penguins, said Dee Boersma, a University of Washington biology professor and an authority on the flightless birds.

"Penguins are among those species that show us that we are making fundamental changes to our world," she said. "The fate of all species is to go extinct, but there are some species that go extinct before their time and we are facing that possibility with some penguins."

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  JUNE 26, 2008 -----------

Alaska's changing landscape

Houses, roads and airports buckle because the permafrost is no longer permanent. Native villages are swept out to sea because the ocean ice, which has protected them from violent storms since humans first crossed the Bering Strait, has receded offshore.

And polar bears—the most visible symbols of our nation's arctic environment are drowning.

In fact, since 1979, 20 % of the Arctic sea ice has melted an area twice the size of Texas.

Portage glacier, a popular tourist attraction that once dominated this bay near Anchorage, has receded and is no longer visible from the visitor's center.

With just a 4-degree rise in the average temperature over the last 2 decades, spruce bark beetles are thriving and the trees are dying. 4 million acres of white spruce have been wiped out so far.

A 4,000-year-old culture is being wiped out by rising temperatures.

The Athabascan, Aleut, Tlingit, Yup'ik and Inupiaq people's entire way of life is being threatened.

"It's scary," said Oscar Kawagley, a Yup'ik Indian from Bethel, Alaska. "Cold is what makes my language, my culture, my identity. What am I going to do without cold?"

Litigation firms are filing lawsuits on behalf of some Alaskan tribes, as well as others attempting to bring awareness and help to the devastation of global warming.

 

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Climate researchers predict grim future

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research has released a scientific assessment that provides the first comprehensive analysis of observed and projected changes in weather and climate extremes in North America and U.S. territories.

They predict:

Abnormally hot days and nights, along with heat waves will be more common.

Cold nights are very likely to become less common.

Sea ice extent is expected to continue to decrease and may even disappear in the Arctic Ocean in summer in coming decades.

Rainfall on average, is likely to be less frequent but more intense.

Droughts are likely to become more frequent and severe in some regions.

Hurricanes will likely have increased precipitation and wind.

The strongest cold-season storms in the Atlantic and Pacific are likely to produce stronger winds and higher extreme wave heights.

 

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Arctic sea ice is melting even faster than last year, despite a cold winter.

Data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that the year began with ice covering a larger area than at the beginning of 2007.

But now it is down to levels seen last June, at the beginning of a summer that broke records for sea ice loss.

Scientists on the project say that much of the ice is so thin that it melts easily, and the Arctic may be ice-free in summer within five to 10 years.

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Oceans warm more quickly than suspected: study

The world's oceans have warmed 50 percent faster over the last 40 years than previously thought due to climate change, Australian and US climate researchers reported Wednesday.

Higher ocean temperatures expand the volume of water, contributing to a rise in sea levels that is submerging small island nations and threatening to wreak havoc in low-lying, densely-populated delta regions around the globe.

The study, published in the British journal Nature, adds to a growing scientific chorus of warnings about the pace and consequences rising oceans.

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GREENLAND - Extensive spruce forests used to cover the southern half of Greenland, according to a Canadian study that gives a remarkable glimpse of the icy island's green past and possible future. The work shows the impact of PAST CLIMATE WARMING ON THE MASSIVE ICE SHEET WAS MUCH GREATER than previously believed. And it "should increase concerns about its fate" as the global climate warms. The shifts happened so quickly it is "as if someone had pushed a button." There were two huge temperature spikes in the Northern Hemisphere at the end of last ice age - one 14,700 years ago associated with a 10-degree Celsius rise in temperatures over 50 years. Then icy conditions returned before another abrupt warming about 11,700 years ago. The ice core points to a "reorganization" of atmospheric circulation over one or two years in the Northern Hemisphere before each temperature spike, say the scientists. The abrupt transitions they see occurred at the end of the last ice age as the planet warmed up from extremely cold conditions. It is not clear if such sudden changes could occur in today's relatively warm climate. But the scientists say there is a "pressing" need to find out if such abrupt change could be triggered by the greenhouse gases being pumped into the atmosphere today. If all of Greenland's ice were to melt it would raise the global sea level close to seven meters - "that's enough to submerge all of Bangladesh, the Pacific Islands and much of Florida." A second report shows how North America's climate suddenly flipped from a cold to a warm state at the end of the last ice age, with dramatic changes in atmospheric circulation in as little as a single year.

RUSSIA fears climate catastrophe in Arctic - Global warming could bring “terrible destruction” in the Russian North, the country’s Ministry of Emergency Situations admits. He says global warming could bring “catastrophic destruction” in the northern parts of country by 2030. The melting of the permafrost could pose a major threat against northern airports, as well as underground reservoirs of oil and gas. A warming of only one-to-two degrees will reduce the firmness of the permafrost by as much as 50 percent. He adds that already today, the thickness of the permafrost is reduced by about four centimeters per year and that the permafrost zone over the next 20 years is expected to move 80 km north. The climate change will increase the chances of flooding and that major amounts of methane might be released from the ground.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  JUNE 19, 2008 -----------

Freshwater Runoff From The Greenland Ice Sheet Will More Than Double

The Greenland Ice Sheet is melting much faster than previously calculated according to a scientific paper by University of Alaska

A research team found that the total amount of Greenland Ice Sheet freshwater input into the North Atlantic Ocean expected from 2041 to 2100 will be more than double what is currently observed.

The current East Greenland Ice Sheet freshwater flux is 257 km3 per year from both runoff and iceberg calving. This freshwater flux is estimated to reach 456 km3 well before 2100.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  JUNE 16, 2008 -----------

Permafrost Threatened By Rapid Melt Of Arctic Sea Ice

The rate of climate warming over northern Alaska, Canada, and Russia could more than triple during periods of rapid sea ice loss, according to a new study.

The findings raise concerns about the thawing of permafrost, or permanently frozen soil, and the potential consequences for sensitive ecosystems, human infrastructure, and the release of additional greenhouse gases.

"Our study suggests that, if sea-ice continues to contract rapidly over the next several years, Arctic land warming and permafrost thaw are likely to accelerate," says lead author David Lawrence of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS GOD MADE!...BroJ

Sun, not man, is causing Climate Change - Dr. Bruce West, with the Army Research Office, argues that "changes in the earth’s average surface temperature are directly linked to ... the short-term statistical fluctuations in the Sun’s irradiance and the longer-term solar cycles..."the Sun’s turbulent dynamics" are linked with the Earth's complex ecosystem.

These connections are what is heating up the planet.

"The Sun could account for as much as 69 percent of the increase in Earth’s average temperature."

It's a position that puts West at odds with nearly every major scientific organization, who say that climate change is man-made.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  MAY 30, 2008 -----------

U.S. climate warming findings are grim

The U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) with 38 authors from the universities, national laboratories, non-governmental organizations, and federal service has released the most extensive examinations of climate impacts on U.S. ecosystems.

Some of their findings are that grain and oilseed crops will mature more rapidly, but increasing temperatures will increase the risk of crop failures.

Warmer winters will reduce mortality, but this will be more than offset by greater mortality in hotter summers.

Hotter temperatures will also result in reduced productivity of livestock and dairy animals.

Climate change will increases in the size and frequency of forest fires, insect outbreaks and tree mortality.

Weeds grow more rapidly under elevated atmospheric CO2.

The growing season has increased by 10 to 14 days over the last 19 years across the temperate latitudes.

Species' distributions have also shifted.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  MAY 28, 2008 -----------

Artic ice cracking up

The Canadian military has seen dramatic evidence of the break-up of the Arctic ice-cap.

Scientists traveling with the troops found major new fractures during an assessment of the state of giant ice shelves in Canada's far north.

The team found a network of cracks that stretched for more than 10 miles the area's largest shelf.

One of the expedition's scientists said he was astonished to see these new cracks.

 

Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  MAY 22, 2008 -----------

Warming Climate Is Seriously Changing Life On A Global Scale

Changes include wastage of glaciers on all continents; melting permafrost; earlier spring river runoff; and warming of water bodies.

Among living creatures inhabiting such systems, 90% of changes are consistent with warming.

The effects on living things include earlier leafing of trees and plants over many regions; movements of species to higher latitudes

and altitudes in the northern hemisphere; changes in bird migrations in Europe, North America and Australia; and shifting of the oceans' plankton and fish from cold- to warm-adapted communities.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  MAY 19, 2008 -----------

Hurricane season starts soon

June 1 is the beginning of hurricane season. Water temperatures are already one to two degrees higher on average than usual off the coast of Africa, will likely mean more hurricanes for the coming season, scientists predict.

And in the section where hurricanes most often spawn, temperatures this spring were only this warm three other times since 1950. Rarely does ocean water get cooler once summer starts.

Scientists now predict 15 named storms, including 8 hurricanes. Half of those hurricanes are expected to be major, meaning Category 3 or higher, and there is a 70 percent chance that at least one will hit the U.S. coast.

Warm water, typically with a temperature of about 80 degrees, is the fuel for hurricanes. Off the coast of Africa, the water temperature is already between 75 and 80 degrees.

Off Florida's Gulf Coast, water has also been warmer than usual this week, although it could be due to calm weather and pockets of shallow water. Off St. Petersburg, water temperatures have been 2 to 4 degrees above the 80-degree average for this time of year. In Fort Myers, temperatures have been similar.

If that warm water continues to deepen and spread, it could be disastrous if a hurricane enters the Gulf.

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UNITED KINGDOM 

Have seasons disappeared from their weather? Temperatures in South Wales that will outstrip those in the Balearics are adding credence to the idea that spring is the new summer. 

The disastrous flooding last year was preceded by a spring heat wave, and with predictions of the current glorious weather being followed by an under whelming summer, it seems their expectations of seasons might have to be reassessed.

Temperatures in Cardiff are forecast to hit highs of 24C on Saturday and Sunday, compared to a rainy 21C in Palma, Majorca. 

The glorious start to May follows on from a similar spell in April of last year. 

February produced early primroses and daffodils and sightings of frogspawn, bats, bumblebees and skylarks, leaving them to ponder whether global warming is seeing the seasons change earlier every year. 

But, of course, last year’s warm spring was followed by a disastrous summer, with widespread flooding and cool temperatures. 

BBC Radio 2's gardening expert believes all seasonality has effectively disappeared from their weather. 

He said: “April was very cold and fairly dry and then we’ve hit the beginning of May and we’ve turned from cold to extreme baking weather like a desert. 

There’s no seasonality whatsoever now. 

Back in the 50s and 60s you knew come mid-September you’d get your first frost and everything was finished off. 

Then you’d get winter with snow and frost and come February it would start to warm up. 

By April it would be slightly warm with rain and May to August would be the four-month growing season. 

But we’re definitely not getting that now.”

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  MAY 8, 2008 -----------

GLOBAL warming could have the same economic effect as the Great Depression

GLOBAL warming could have the same economic effect as the Great Depression if handled poorly, the Government's top climate change adviser says.

Professor Ross Garnaut has written an article saying that poor design or slowness in implementing climate change-easing policies could spell the end of what he calls the Platinum Age.

The economist's article, published in the Australian National University's biannual Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, says the shock of unexpectedly large climate change impacts on fragile political systems could bring about sharp downturns in economies.

The effects of the 1890s depression in eastern Australia, the global Great Depression of the 1930s and the financial crisis in Indonesia in 1997 were examples of what could happen if climate change impacts hit hard, he said.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  MAY 7, 2008 -----------

Global Warming heats Up World's Largest Freshwater Lake

This well-known landmark, Shaman Rock on Lake Baikal in Russia, stands guard over an ancient lake whose pristine condition is changing quickly.

Russian and American scientists have discovered that the rising temperature of the world's largest lake, located in frigid Siberia, shows that this region is responding strongly to global warming.

Warming of this isolated but enormous lake is a clear signal that climate change has affected even the most remote corners of our planet.

"The conclusions shown here for this enormous body of freshwater result from careful and repeated sampling over six decades," said Henry Gholz, program director for NCEAS at the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funded the research.

"Thanks to the dedication of local scientists, who were also keen observers, coupled with modern synthetic approaches, we can now visualize and appreciate the far-reaching changes occurring in this lake."

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  MAY 6, 2008 -----------

Major Arctic sea ice melt this summer

The Arctic will remain on thinning ice, and climate warming is expected to begin affecting the Antarctic also, scientists said Friday.

"The long-term prognosis is not very optimistic," atmospheric scientist Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University said at a briefing.

Last summer sea ice in the North shrank to a record low, a change many attribute to global warming.

But while solar radiation and amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are similar at the poles, to date the regions have responded differently, with little change in the South, explained oceanographer James Overland of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  APRIL 30, 2008 -----------

Health damage from climate change has already started

We've already had several sneak previews of how climate change is going to be bad for our health.

From mosquito-borne diseases that jump from cows to people in East Africa, to a heatwave that killed thousands of elderly Europeans, to malaria starting to appear in the highlands of Rwanda and Swaziland in abnormally hot summers.

And outbreaks of cholera as more floods hit coastal communities with poor sanitation, mixing sewage with drinking water supplies amid fetid heat.

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Hurricane forecaster's dispute with school focuses on global warming debate

As he enters his 25th year of predicting hurricane season activity, Colorado State University officials say handling media inquiries related to Wiiliam Gray's forecasting requires too much time and detracts from efforts to promote other professors' work.

But Gray, a highly visible and sometimes acerbic skeptic of climate change, says that's a "flimsy excuse" for the real motivation — a desire to push him aside because of his global warming criticism

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WWF warns Arctic ice melting faster than predicted

Arctic sea ice is melting "significantly faster" than predicted and is approaching a point of no return, conservation group the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned in a new study released Wednesday.

The volumes of the Greenland Ice Sheet and ice in the Arctic Ocean were estimated at 2.9 million and 4.4 million cubic meters respectively in September 2007 -- the lowest ever levels recorded, the organization said.

The sea ice shrank to 39 percent below its 1979-2000 mean volume, it said.

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New Zealand's largest glacier will disappear: scientists

New Zealand's largest glacier is shrinking fast due to climate change and will eventually disappear altogether, scientists said Thursday.

The 23-kilometre (14.3 mile) long glacier in the South Island's Southern Alps is likely to shrink at a rate of between 500 and 820 meters a year, said Martin Brook, a physical geography lecturer at Massey University.

"In the last 10 years the glacier has receded a hell of a lot," Brook said on the university website.

"It's just too warm for a glacier to be sustained at such a low altitude -- 730 meters above sea level -- so it melts rapidly and it is going to disappear altogether."

The rapid melting has seen a lake seven kilometers long and two kilometers wide form at the base of the glacier. Thirty-five years ago, the lake did not exist.

"The last major survey was in the 1990s and since then the glacier has retreated back 180 meters a year on average," Brook said.

The lake at the foot of the glacier is speeding up the melting as more ice is submerged under the surface of the water.

A study last year by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research found the volume of ice in the Southern Alps had shrunk almost 11 percent in the past 30 years.

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Freshening - warming of deep Antarctic waters worries experts

Scientists studying the icy depths of the sea around Antarctica have detected changes in salinity that could have profound effects on the world's climate and ocean currents.

The scientists returned to the southern Australian city of Hobart after a one-month voyage studying the Southern Ocean to see how it is changing and what those changes might mean for global climate patterns.

Voyage leader Steve Rintoul said his team found that salty, dense water that sinks near the edge of Antarctica to the bottom of the ocean about 5 km (3 miles) down was becoming fresher and more buoyant.

So-called Antarctic bottom water helps power the great ocean conveyor belt, a system of currents spanning the Southern, Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans that shifts heat around the globe.

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France warns climate change driving war, hunger

French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the world's biggest carbon polluters on Friday that global warming was becoming a driver of hunger, unrest and conflict, with the war in Darfur a concrete example.

"Climate change is already having a considerable impact on security," Sarkozy said in a speech to ministers from 16 economies that together account for 80 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions.

Water scarcity and rivalry for farmland and fishing resources were emerging as "major challenges," especially in Africa, he said.

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Rapidly Melting Mountain Snow and Glaciers a "time bomb" for water shortages

Glaciers and mountain snow are melting earlier in the year than usual, meaning the water has already gone when millions of people need it during the summer when rainfall is lower, scientists warned.

Those areas most at risk from a lack of water for drinking and agriculture include parts of the Middle East, southern Africa, the United States, South America and the Mediterranean.

 

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The Big Melt: Austrian glaciers shrink the most in five years

Austria's glaciers retreated more than 22 meters (24 yards) on average last year, in the biggest shrinking for five years, the country's Alpine Club said Saturday.

"All glaciers experienced melting and retreated... an average of 22.2 meters" in the 2006-2007 period, the Alpine Club said, citing measurements of 93 glaciers by its specialists who blamed milder than normal temperatures.

The record was on the Weisssee Ferner glacier in the Oetztal range of southwest Austria, which shrank 96.5 meters, while two more glaciers in the south retreated by 87 and 84 meters respectively.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  March 31, 2008 -----------

We're all doomed! and there's NOTHING we can do about it, says climate change expert

According to the climate change scientist James Lovelock, this is the beginning of the end of a peaceful phase in evolution.

By 2040, the world population of more than six billion will have been culled by floods, drought and famine.

The people of Southern Europe, as well as South-East Asia, will be fighting their way into countries such as Canada, Australia and Britain.

We will, he says, have to set up encampments in this country, like those established for the hundreds of thousands of refugees displaced by the conflict in East Africa.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  March 27, 2008 -----------

Big chunk of Antarctic ice shelf falling apart

Antarctica's massive Wilkins Ice Shelf has begun disintegrating under the effects of global warming, satellite images by the University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center showed.

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Antarctic shelf 'hangs by thread' - A chunk of ice the size of the Isle of Man (seven times the size of Manhattan Island) has started to break away from Antarctica in what scientists say is further evidence of a warming climate. 

Satellite images suggest that part of the ice shelf is disintegrating, and will soon crumble away. 

The Wilkins Ice Shelf has been stable for most of the last century, but began retreating in the 1990s. 

Six ice shelves in the same part of the continent have already been lost. "Wilkins is the largest ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula yet to be threatened. 

I didn't expect to see things happen this quickly." One researcher said he had never seen anything like it before.

 "We flew along the main crack and observed the sheer scale of movement from the breakage. 

Big hefty chunks of ice, the size of small houses, look as though they've been thrown around like rubble - it's like an explosion." 

Since an ice shelf is a floating platform of ice, the break-up will have no impact on sea level. 

But scientists say it heightens concerns over the impact of climate change on this part of Antarctica. 

The Antarctic Peninsula, which juts out into the Southern Ocean towards the tip of South America, has experienced UNPRECEDENTED warming over the last 50 years. 

Antarctica's summer melt season is drawing to a close. 

"This UNUSUAL show is over for this season. 

But come January, we'll be watching to see if the Wilkins continues to fall apart."

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Global Warming Threatens Lake Tahoe

RENO, Nev. -- A new study predicts water circulation in Lake Tahoe is being dramatically altered by global warming, threatening the lake's delicate ecosystem and famed clear waters.

The University of California, Davis study said one likely consequence is warmer lake temperatures that will mean fewer cold-water native fish and more invasive species _ like carp, large-mouth bass and bluegill.

"What we expect is that deep mixing of Lake Tahoe's water layers will become less frequent, even nonexistent, depleting the bottom waters of oxygen," said Geoffrey Schladow, director of the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at U.S. Davis.

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'Glaciers disappearing at RECORD RATE' 

A thaw of the world's glaciers has accelerated to A NEW RECORD with some of the biggest losses within Europe, in a worrying sign of climate change. 

Data from close to 30 reference glaciers in nine mountain ranges indicate that between the years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 the average rate of melting and thinning more than doubled. 

Some of the biggest losses were in Europe - in the Alps, the Pyrenees and the Nordic region. 

"The latest figures are part of what appears to be an accelerating trend with no apparent end in sight." 

The estimate indicated an average loss of about 1.5 meters in 2006, up from just over half a meter in 2005.

The thinning was THE FASTEST SINCE MONITORING BEGAN. Since 1980, glaciers have thinned by about 11.5 meters. 

The thaw could disrupt everything from farming and power generation to winter sports. The thaw could also raise world sea levels.

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Glaciers melt 'at fastest rate in past 5,000 years'

The world's glaciers are melting faster than at any time since records began, threatening catastrophe for hundreds of millions of people and their eco-systems.

The details are revealed in the latest report from the World Glacier Monitoring Service and will add to growing alarm about the rise in sea levels and increased instances of flooding, avalanches and drought.

Based on historical records and other evidence, the rate at which the glaciers are melting is also thought to be faster that at any time in the past 5,000 years, said Professor Wilfried Haeberli, director of the monitoring service. 'There's no absolute proof, but nevertheless the

evidence is strong: this is really extraordinary.'

Experts have been monitoring 30 glaciers around the world for nearly three decades and the most recent figures, for 2006, show the biggest ever 'net loss' of ice. Achim Steiner, head of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), told The Observer that melting glaciers were now the

'loudest and clearest' warning signal of global warming.

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EGYPT: Contingency planning for rising sea levels

The rise in sea levels due to global warming threatens Egypt's densely populated coastal strip and could have grave consequences for the country's economy, agriculture and industry.

Combined with growing demographic pressures, a rise in sea levels could turn millions of Egyptians into environmental refugees by the end of the century, according to climate experts.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  March 11, 2008 -----------

Could Arctic ice melt spawn new kind of cold war?

With oil above $100 a barrel and Arctic ice melting faster than ever, some of the world's most powerful countries -- including the United States and Russia -- are looking north to a possible energy bonanza.

This prospective scramble for buried Arctic mineral wealth made more accessible by freshly melted seas could bring on a completely different kind of cold war, a scholar and former Coast Guard officer says.

While a U.S. government official questioned the risk of polar conflict, Washington still would like to join a 25-year-old international treaty meant to figure out who owns the rights to the oceans, including the Arctic Ocean. So far, the Senate has not approved it.

Unlike the first Cold War, dominated by tensions between the two late-20th century superpowers, this century's model could pit countries that border the Arctic Ocean against each other to claim mineral rights.

The Arctic powers include the United States, Russia, Canada, Denmark and Norway.

The irony is that the burning of fossil fuels is at least in part responsible for the Arctic melt -- due to climate change -- and the Arctic melt could pave the way for a 21st century rush to exploit even more fossil fuels.

The stakes are enormous, according to Scott Borgerson of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant commander.

The Arctic could hold as much as one-quarter of the world's remaining undiscovered oil and gas deposits, Borgerson wrote in the current issue of the journal Foreign Affairs.

Russia has claimed 460,000 square miles (1.191 million sq km) of Arctic waters, with an eye-catching effort that included planting its flag on the ocean floor at the North Pole last summer. Days later, Moscow sent strategic bomber flights over the Arctic for the first time since the

Cold War.

"I think you can say planting a flag on the sea bottom and renewing strategic bomber flights is provocative," Borgerson said in a telephone interview.

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EU told to prepare for flood of climate change migrants

Global warming threatens to severely destabilize the planet, rendering a fifth of its population homeless, top officials say

According to the EU's two senior foreign policy officials, Europe needs to brace itself for a new wave of migration with a very different cause - global warming.

The ravages already being inflicted on parts of the developing world by climate change are engendering a new type of refugee, the "environmental migrant".

Within a decade "there will be millions of environmental migrants, with climate change as one of the major drivers of this phenomenon," predict Javier Solana and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU's chief foreign policy coordinator and the European commissioner for external relations. "Europe must expect substantially increased migratory pressure."

They point out that some countries already badly hit by global warming are demanding that the new phenomenon be recognised internationally as a valid reason for migration.

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The Big Melt: Antarctic glaciers surge to ocean

The UK work is discovering just how fast the ice is moving

UK scientists working in Antarctica have found some of the clearest evidence yet of instabilities in the ice of part of West Antarctica.

If the trend continues, they say, it could lead to a significant rise in global sea level.

The new evidence comes from a group of glaciers covering an area the size of Texas, in a remote and seldom visited part of West Antarctica.

The "rivers of ice" have surged sharply in speed towards the ocean.

David Vaughan, of the British Antarctic Survey, explained: "It has been called the weak underbelly of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and the reason for that is that this is the area where the bed beneath the ice sheet dips down steepest towards the interior.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  February 25, 2008 -----------

Greenland's Rising Air Temperatures Drive Ice Loss At Surface And Beyond

The paired surface temperature and gravity data confirm a strong connection between melting on ice sheet surfaces in areas below 6,500 feet in elevation, and ice loss throughout the ice sheet's giant mass.

The result led Hall's team to conclude that the start of surface melting triggers mass loss of ice over large areas of the ice sheet.

 

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Climate warming threatens Antarctic king penguins

King penguins that feed on fish and squid at the northern edges of Antarctica are threatened by global warming, which is cutting down on their food supply, researchers reported on Monday.

King penguins, the second-largest species after emperor penguins, are at the top of the food chain in their sub-Antarctic environment, thriving on small fish and squid rather than the tiny krill and other crustaceans that sea mammals favor.

This makes king penguins good indicators of changes in their ecosystem, scientists said in research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Biofuels make climate change worse 

Scientists have produced damning evidence to suggest that BIOFUELS COULD BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL CON-TRICKS because they actually make global warming worse by adding to the man-made emissions of carbon dioxide that they are supposed to curb. Two separate studies show that a range of biofuel crops now being grown to produce "green" alternatives to oil-based fossil fuels release far more carbon dioxide into the air than can be absorbed by the growing plants. Studies looked at how much carbon dioxide is released when a piece of land is converted into a biofuel crop. They found that when peat lands in Indonesia are converted into palm-oil plantations, for instance, it would take 423 years to pay off the carbon debt. "In finding solutions to climate change, we must ensure that the cure is not worse than the disease."

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Scientists see looming water crisis in western US

A water supply crisis is looming in the western United States thanks to human-caused climate change that already has altered the region's river flows, snow pack and air temperatures, scientists said.

Trends over the past half century foreshadow a worsening decline in water, perhaps the region's most valuable natural resource, even as population and demand expands in western states, researchers led by a scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography wrote in the journal Science.

Up to 60 percent of changes in three key factors affecting the West's water cycle -- river flow, winter air temperatures and snow pack -- are due to human-caused climate change, they determined using multiple computer models and data analysis.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  January 31, 2008 -----------

Baffin Island Ice Caps Shrink By 50 Percent Since 1950's

Ice caps on the northern plateau of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic have shrunk by 50 percent in recent decades as a result of warming temperatures.

A new University of Colorado at Boulder study has shown that ice caps on the northern plateau of Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic have shrunk by more than 50 percent in the last half century as a result of warming, and are expected to disappear by the middle of the century.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  January 28, 2008 -----------

Benin's Cotonou - a city slowly swallowed by rising seas

Huge breakers constantly battering Benin's coast -- and the rest of the shoreline on the Gulf of Guinea -- are starting to take their toll.

Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria are also fighting to stop the sea from gulping up chunks of land.

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Creepy-crawlies head to Europe thanks to globalization, climate

Europe now has 1,517 alien species of insects, worms, mussels and other invertebrates, a tally that is growing steadily thanks to globalization and climate change, French researchers said on Friday.

The numbers "have increased markedly in recent years," the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (Inra) said in a press release.

From 2000-2007, on average 19 "exotic" species established themselves in Europe each year, compared with only 10 each year between 1950 and 1975, it said.

Asia, followed at a distance by North America, is the major source for these alien species.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page  January 25, 2008 -----------

Climate change worse than feared, says Al Gore

CLIMATE change is occurring far more rapidly than even the worst predictions of the UN's Nobel Prize-winning scientific panel on climate change, climate campaigner and former US vice-president Al Gore said.

Recent evidence shows "the climate crisis is significantly worse and unfolding more rapidly than those on the pessimistic side of the IPCC projections had warned us," Mr Gore said.

There are now forecasts that the North Pole ice caps may disappear entirely during summer months within five years, he told a gathering at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a massive report the size of three phone books on the reality and risks of climate change, its 4th assessment in 18 years.

Global warming is a key theme at this year's meeting of the world's business and political elite in Davos.

 

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Ice loss from Antarctica is accelerating, warns study

Global warming has caused annual ice loss from the Antarctic ice sheet to surge by 75 percent in a decade, according to the most detailed survey ever made of the white continent's coastal glaciers.

In 2006, accelerating glaciers spewed an estimated 192 billion tonnes of Antarctic ice into the sea, scientists calculate.

The West Antarctica ice sheet lost some 132 billion tonnes, while the Antarctic Peninsula, the tongue of land that juts up towards South America, lost around 60 million tonnes.

But there was a "near-zero" loss in East Antarctica, the world's biggest icesheet, the paper says.

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Shifting heat layers above Arctic to blame for ice crisis: study

The dramatic loss of the Arctic ice cap may have been triggered by disruption to the thermal layers of atmosphere stacked over Earth's far north, according to Swedish research to be published Thursday.

The study, published in Nature, offers a new explanation for the rise in the Arctic's surface temperature, which over the past century has been nearly two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), or twice the global average.

Until now, the big suspect in "Arctic amplification" has been reflectivity of sunlight.

When the Sun's rays hit snow or ice, most of that solar energy bounces back into space -- but as those melting surfaces give way to dark-blue sea, the heat is absorbed instead.

This self-reinforcing process, called a feedback, is an established factor in accelerating warming in snow and ice.

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Experts: Melting sea ice threatens walruses, seals, bears

Federal marine mammal experts in Alaska studying the effects of global warming on walruses, polar bears and ice seals warn there are limits to the protections they can provide.

Anatoly Kochnev, who conducts walrus research for Russia's Pacific Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, said this year's loss of 3,000 to 4,000 animals, most of them from the same population, could be disastrous.

If current ice trends continue, and walruses have to stay on coastlines every summer, they may put too much pressure on nearby foraging areas instead of feeding in the waters offshore, said U.S. Geological Survey biologist Tony Fischbach.

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Global warming causing China's glaciers to melt quickly: survey

Global warming has caused some of China's glaciers -- a source for many of Asia's greatest rivers -- to have melted by more than 18 percent over the past five years, state media reported Friday.

A survey of nearly 20,000 square kilometers (8,000 square miles) of China's glaciers showed they were on average 7.4 percent smaller than five years ago, Caijing magazine said, citing a government-funded survey.

A glacier along the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra River on the Tibetan plateau had shrunk by more than 18 percent, the survey found.

Two other glacial areas in China's far northwest Xinjiang region had also melted by more than 18 percent.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page December 19, 2007 -----------

Seas could rise twice as high as predicted: study

The world's sea levels could rise twice as high this century as U.N. climate scientists have predicted, according to researchers who looked at what happened more than 100,000 years ago, the last time Earth got this hot.

Experts working on the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have suggested a maximum 21st century sea level rise -- a key effect of global climate change -- of about 32 inches.

But researchers said in a study appearing on Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience that the maximum could be twice that, or 64 inches.

They made the estimate by looking at the so-called interglacial period, some 124,000 to 119,000 years ago, when Earth's climate was warmer than it is now due to a different configuration of the planet's orbit around the sun.

That was the last time sea levels reached up to 20 feet (6 meters) above where they are now, fueled by the melting of the ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica.

The researchers say their study is the first robust documentation of how quickly sea levels rose to that level.

"Until now, there have been no data that sufficiently constrain the full rate of past sea level rises above the present level," lead author Eelco Rohling of Britain's National Oceanography Centre said in a statement.

Rohling and his colleagues found an average sea level rise of 64 inches each century during the interglacial period.

Back then, Greenland was 5.4 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than now -- which is similar to the warming period expected in the next 50 to 100 years, Rohling said.

Current models of ice sheet activity do not predict rates of change this large, but they do not include many of the dynamic processes already being observed by glaciologists, the statement said.

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Global Warming Blamed for Walrus Deaths

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - In what some scientists see as another alarming consequence of global warming, thousands of Pacific walruses above the Arctic Circle were killed in stampedes earlier this year after the disappearance of sea ice caused them to crowd onto the shoreline in extraordinary numbers.

The deaths took place during the late summer and fall on the Russian side of the Bering Strait, which separates Alaska from Russia.

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Prophecy given Sunday December 9, 2007... I am seeing a vision somewhere in either the northwestern part of the United States or the central western part of the United States… mid west? There is magma forming below the ground. A rather large amount of it, trying to rise.

***WATCHMAN... YES! I realize this is not the USA in the VISION posted above that I spoke in the name of The Lord -BUT- think - if it is happening "UNDER ICE" what MIGHT be happening "UNDER AMERICA"??? ....BroJ

Earth's Heat Adds To Climate Change To Melt Greenland Ice

Scientists have discovered what they think may be another reason why Greenland 's ice is melting: a thin spot in Earth's crust is enabling underground magma to heat the ice.

They have found at least one "hotspot" in the northeast corner of Greenland -- just below a site where an ice stream was recently discovered.

The researchers don't yet know how warm the hotspot is. But if it is warm enough to melt the ice above it even a little, it could be lubricating the base of the ice sheet and enabling the ice to slide more rapidly out to sea.

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As ice thins, so does Canada's polar bear population

Polar bears in Canada's Hudson Bay area are battling for survival, as climate change reduces the time they can hunt for food, warn environmentalists and locals in Churchill, the self-proclaimed polar capital of the world.

"For many years, there were 1,600 to 2,200 of our polar bears, called the western Hudson Bay sub-population," Bonnie Chartier, a Churchill native who works as a guide for tour groups who come to this northern town to spot the world's largest bear, told AFP.

"Now they're saying there are about 965. Boom! In a very short span of time, we have a much smaller population and this has been attributed to global warming," she said.

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Arctic ice melting at record rate

ARCTIC ice at the North Pole melted at a record rate in the northern hemisphere summer, the latest sign that climate change has accelerated in recent years, climate scientists say.

"In 2007, we had off the charts warming," Michael Steele, an oceanographer at the University of Washington, said at the 2007 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, where 15,000 researchers have gathered to discuss earthquakes, water resources, and climate change.

It was an ominous summer for the Arctic region, where for the first time in recorded history, ships sailed across the Arctic Ocean in water that had been part of the polar icecap, said Donald Perovich of the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in New Hampshire.

In the northern summer of 1980 the North Pole was covered by an ice sheet about the size of the continental United States, but this summer the ice would not have covered the states west of the Mississippi River, he said.

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Ominous Arctic Melt Worries Experts

An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even mspeculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years.

Greenland's ice sheet melted nearly 19 billion tons more than the previous high mark, and the volume of Arctic sea ice at summer's end was half what it was just four years earlier, according to new NASA satellite data obtained.

"The Arctic is screaming," said Mark Serreze, senior scientist at the government's snow and ice data center in Boulder, Colo.

Just last year, two top scientists surprised their colleagues by projecting that the Arctic sea ice was melting so rapidly that it could disappear entirely by the summer of 2040.

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Penguins feel the heat of climate change

ANTARCTICA'S penguin population has slumped because of global warming as melting ice has destroyed nesting sites and reduced their sources of food, a WWF report says.

The Antarctic peninsula was warming five times faster than the average in the rest of the world, affecting four penguin species - the emperor penguin, the largest and the grandest in the world, the gentoo, chinstrap and adelie, the report said.

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Call for action to save Himalayan glaciers

As industrial powers debate global warming, some of the greatest concern lies in the remote Himalayas where melting glaciers pose catastrophic risks, experts say.

The retreat of the ice causes so-called glacial lakes in the Himalayas, which are a key source of water to densely populated South Asia -- a region that already suffers deadly floods on an annual basis.

"We don't have much time to avert the risks of the bursting of a glacial lake," Ken Noguchi, a Japanese alpinist who has visited the Himalayas dozens of times, told a first-of-a-kind Asian "water summit" in Beppu, Japan.

In Nepal, the Imja glacial lake "was just a small puddle in the 1960s" but now has a one-kilometer (half-mile) radius with 2.9 millions tones of water, Noguchi said.

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Minister says 24 Indonesian islands swallowed up by the Sea

Indonesia has lost 24 of its more than 17,500 islands due to natural disasters and environmental damage, a minister said Thursday according to the Antara news agency.

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Freddy Numberi said four islands disappeared when the massive tsunami devastated Aceh on December 26, 2004, the state-run agency reported.

Twenty other islands in Sumatra's Riau province and in the Seribu island group in Jakarta Bay had also vanished due to exploitation and environmental damage, Numberi said.

Consequently, Indonesia's total tally of islands has fallen from 17,504 to 17,480 and the new figure reported to the United Nations, he said.

"Scientists have even predicted that Indonesia could lose at least 2,000 islands by 2030 if the government fails to anticipate it and take preventive measures," the minister was quoted as saying.

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More than 1/4 of U.S. birds threatened by Global Warming

More than a quarter of all U.S. bird species are vulnerable to extinction, according to a comprehensive list compiled by two conservation groups released on Wednesday.

Global warming may be partially to blame.

The new WatchList 2007, compiled by the National Audubon Society and the American Bird Conservancy, found 178 species in the continental United States and 39 in Hawaii in danger.

Of those, 98 are on the "red list" of greatest concern, and 119 in the "yellow" category, indicating their numbers are seriously declining or the species is rare.

Global warming, the loss of habitat due to urban and suburban sprawl and the current U.S. administration's policies on endangered species are all to blame, a co-author of the list said in a telephone interview.

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Climate change to cost Florida $345 bln a yr-study

If nothing is done to combat global warming, two of Florida's nuclear power plants, three of its

prisons and 1,362 hotels, motels and inns will be under water by 2100, a study released on Wednesday said.

In all, Florida could stand to lose $345 billion a year in projected economic activity by 2100 if nothing is done to reduce emissions that are viewed as the main human contribution to rising global temperatures, according to the Tufts University study.

That equals about 5 percent of what economists project the state's gross domestic product will be by the end of the century.

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Rapid Loss of Andes glaciers threatens water supply

El Alto and its sister city of La Paz, the world's highest capital, depend on glaciers for at least a third of their water -- more than any other urban sprawl.

And those glaciers are rapidly melting because of global warming.

Scientists predict that all the glaciers in the tropical Andes will disappear by mid-century.

The implications are dire not just for La Paz-El Alto but also for Quito, Ecuador, and Bogota, Colombia.

More than 11 million people now live in the burgeoning cities, and El Alto alone is expanding at 5 percent a year.

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Chikungunya Fever Outbreak Linked to Climate Change

An outbreak in Europe of an obscure disease from Africa is raising concerns that globalization and climate change are combining to pose a health threat to the West.

Nearly 300 cases of chikungunya fever, a virus that previously has been common only in Africa and Asia, were reported in Italy - where only isolated cases of the disease had been seen in the past.

While the outbreak was largely the result of stronger trade and travel ties, some experts believe it is a sign of how global warming is creating new breeding grounds for diseases long confined to subtropical climates

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Scientists warn of agrarian (farming) crisis from climate change

An agrarian crisis is brewing because of climate change that could jeopardize global food supplies and increase the risk of hunger for a billion poorest of the poor, scientists warned.

South Asia and Africa would be hardest hit by the crisis, which would shift the world's priorities away from boosting food output year after year to bolstering the resilience of crops to cope with warm weather, they said.

Rice, the staple for billions of people, is most vulnerable to global warming, said Dyno Keatinge, deputy director general of research at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

"It is the world's most consumed crop and it makes everything else pale in comparison," Keatinge told reporters in Hyderabad, southern India, where the research institute has organized a conference on the impact of climate change on farming.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page November 12, 2007 -----------

***WATCHMAN... NOT A GLOBAL WARMING BUT A GLOBAL WARNING FROM GOD...

FOUNDER OF WEATHER CHANNEL CALLS GLOBAL WARMING "GREATEST SCAM IN HISTORY"

John Coleman was the founder of the Weather Channel. Currently he is the meteorologist for KUSI television in San Diego, California.

The following is an excerpt from his blog dated Nov. 7, 2007, posted on the ICECAP web site (International Climate and Environmental Change Assessment Project).

"It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming; it is a SCAM.

Some dastardly scientists with environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to create an illusion of rapid global warming.

Other scientists of the same environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the 'research' to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims.

Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the movement going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus.

Environmental extremists, notable politicians among them, then teamed up with movie, media and other liberal, environmentalist journalists to create this wild 'scientific' scenario of the civilization threatening environmental consequences from Global Warming unless we adhere to their radical agenda.

Now their ridiculous manipulated science has been accepted as fact and become a cornerstone issue for CNN, CBS, NBC, the Democratic Political Party, the Governor of California, school teachers and, in many cases, well informed but very gullible environmentally conscientious citizens.

... I do not oppose environmentalism. I do not oppose the political positions of either party.

However, Global Warming, i.e. Climate Change, is not about environmentalism or politics.

It is not a religion. ... I have read dozens of scientific papers. I have talked with numerous scientists. I have studied. I have thought about it. I know I am correct. There is no run away climate change.

The impact of humans on climate is not catastrophic. Our planet is not in peril."

***WATCHMAN... I agree it is NOT Global warming BUT IT IS A "GLOBAL WARNING" FROM GOD!!!...

2 PETER 3:10 "10. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,

and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."

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NewZealand glaciers retreat due to global warming: scientists

New Zealand's largest glaciers are retreating fast in the face of global warming and could disappear altogether, scientists said.

A report by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) said the volume of ice in New Zealand's Southern Alps had shrunk almost 11 percent in the past 30 years.

More than 90 percent of this loss was because the 12 largest glaciers in the mountain range were melting due to rising temperatures, NIWA said.

The glaciers have passed a threshold, causing the ice to collapse and creating large lakes at their base, the report said.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page November 12, 2007 -----------

La Nina caused Drought Persists

"After eight very dry years on the Colorado River watershed and a record-breaking dry winter in Southern California in 2006-2007, the situation in the American Southwest is dangerously dry," said oceanographer Bill Patzert of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

"This La Nina could deepen the drought in the already parched Southwest and Southeast United States."

Patzert and other scientists say La Nina contributed to the conditions that fueled Southern California's recent deadly wildfires.

A La Nina situation often follows an El Nino episode and is essentially the opposite of an El Nino condition. During a La Nina, trade winds are stronger than normal, and the cold water that normally exists along the coast of South America extends to the central equatorial Pacific.

A La Nina changes global weather patterns and is associated with less moisture in the air, resulting in less rain along the coasts of North and South America, the equator and in the far Western Pacific

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page November 9, 2007 -----------

Climate Change Could Diminish Drinking Water More Than Expected

As sea levels rise, coastal communities could lose up to 50 percent more of their fresh water supplies than previously thought, according to a new study from Ohio State University.

Hydrologists here have simulated how saltwater will intrude into fresh water aquifers, given the sea level rise predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The IPCC has concluded that within the next 100 years, sea level could rise as much as 23 inches, flooding coasts worldwide.

Scientists previously assumed that, as saltwater moved inland, it would penetrate underground only as far as it did above ground.

But this new research shows that when saltwater and fresh water meet, they mix in complex ways, depending on the texture of the sand along the coastline.

In some cases, a zone of mixed, or brackish, water can extend 50 percent further inland underground than it does above ground.

Like saltwater, brackish water is not safe to drink because it causes dehydration.

Water that contains less than 250 milligrams of salt per liter is considered fresh water and safe to drink.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page November 5, 2007 -----------

Floridians Ask For State Of Emergency Over Vanishing Beaches

Homeowners living on Central Florida's east coast are asking the governor to declare a state of emergency as wind and waves from Tropical Storm Noel continue to scrape away large portions of city beaches.

More than 50 percent of the state's beaches are experiencing erosion with nearly 400 miles considered "critical" and threatening structures, according to the Department of Environmental Protection.

In Satellite Beach, beach erosion has cut into sand dunes threatening homes.

Homeowner said they lost nearly 3 feet of shoreline overnight

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USA Tennessee Town Has Run Out of Water

As twilight falls over this Tennessee town, Mayor Tony Reames drives up a dusty dirt road to the community's towering water tank and begins his nightly ritual in front of a rusty metal valve.

With a twist of the wrist, he releases the tank's meager water supply, and suddenly this sleepy town is alive with activity. Washing machines whir, kitchen sinks fill and showers run.

About three hours later, Reames will return and reverse the process, cutting off water to the town's 145 residents.

The severe drought tightening like a vise across the Southeast has threatened the water supply of cities large and small, sending politicians scrambling for solutions.

But Orme, about 40 miles west of Chattanooga and 150 miles northwest of Atlanta, is a town where the worst-case scenario has already come to pass: The water has run out.

The mighty waterfall that fed the mountain hamlet has been reduced to a trickle, and now the creek running through the center of town is dry.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page October 24, 2007 -----------

Rising seas, sinking land threaten Thai capital

At Bangkok's watery gates, Buddhist monks cling to a shrinking spit of land around their temple as they wage war against the relentlessly rising sea.

A Thai Buddhist monk walks along a dam constructed to hold back the approaching sea.

During the monsoons at high tide, waves hurdle the breakwater of concrete pillars and the inner rock wall around the temple on a promontory in the Gulf of Thailand. Jutting above the water line just ahead are remnants of a village that has already slipped beneath the sea.

Experts say these waters, aided by sinking land, threaten to submerge Thailand's sprawling capital of more than 10 million people within this century. Bangkok is one of 13 of the world's largest 20 cities at risk of being swamped as sea levels rise in coming decades

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page October 23, 2007 -----------

Rising Seas Threaten 21 Mega-Cities

Cities around the world are facing the danger of rising seas and other disasters related to climate change.

Of the 33 cities predicted to have at least 8 million people by 2015, at least 21 are highly vulnerable, says the Worldwatch Institute.

They include Dhaka, Bangladesh; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Shanghai and Tianjin in China; Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt; Mumbai and Kolkata in India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Tokyo and Osaka-Kobe in Japan; Lagos, Nigeria; Karachi, Pakistan; Bangkok, Thailand, and New York and Los Angeles in the United States, according to studies by the United Nations and others.

More than one-tenth of the world's population, or 643 million people, live in low-lying areas at risk from climate change, say U.S. and European experts. Most imperiled, in descending order, are China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Egypt, the U.S., Thailand and the Philippines.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page October 19, 2007 -----------

Drought in West and Southeast spreads to Mid-Atlantic

Confirming what many farmers, boaters and others already knew, the government reported Tuesday that the drought parching much of the West and Southeast spread into the Mid-Atlantic area in September.

Water levels at Lake Carter, about 90 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia, are at record lows.

At the end of September about 43 percent of the contiguous United States was in moderate to extreme drought, the National Climate Data Center said.

Worldwide, meanwhile, the agency said the year to date has been the warmest on record for land. It has been the seventh warmest year so far over the oceans, working out to the fourth warmest overall worldwide.

But drought is probably the greatest concern in many parts of the country and the year to date has been the driest on record for Tennessee and North Carolina.

The eastern seaboard from Maine to the Carolinas and across parts of Florida was unusually dry in September, NCDC said.

And the September dryness extended across the Ohio Valley and into the southern Great Lakes.

The agency, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said drier-than-normal weather was also experienced in September across parts of the Pacific Northwest and northern Plains.

Drought-related conditions included:

• As of September 25, Pasadena, California, experienced its driest year since records began in 1878. Many California communities imposed water use restrictions.

• The Great Lakes, which together make up about 20 percent of the world's fresh surface water, have been in decline since the late 1990s. Lakes Huron and Michigan were about two feet below their long-term average levels, while Lake Superior was about 20 inches off, Lake Ontario 7 inches below and Lake Erie a few inches down.

• Maryland and Pennsylvania had about half of their counties under a drought watch. Many areas in upstate New York reported record low reservoir levels and dried-up wells and farm ponds.

• Alabama Power, the state's largest utility, has been operating some of its coal plants at significantly reduced levels to avoid raising water temperatures in the Coosa, Black Warrior and Mobile rivers.

• The Tennessee Valley Authority shut down Browns Ferry Unit II nuclear power plant due to inadequate stream flow.

• At the end of September, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a level four drought response across the northern third of the state, which prohibits most types of outdoor residential water use. Video Watch drought conditions in Georgia

The report said that while September was only the eighth warmest month on record for the United States, it was still hot enough to break 1,000 daily high records across the country.

With the worldwide warming, the extent of Arctic Sea ice reached its lowest amount in September since satellite measurements began in 1979, shattering the previous record low set in 2005.

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The fate of the Arctic affects the entire planet.

A new wind circulation pattern is blowing more warm air towards the North Pole than in the 20th Century. The Arctic is being hit by melting ice, hotter air and dying wildlife. Shrubs are now growing in tundra areas while caribou herds are dwindling in Canada and parts of Alaska. In 2007, winter and spring temperatures were "all above average throughout the whole Arctic and all at the same time" unlike in previous years. "This is an UNUSUAL feature and it looks like the beginning of a signal from global warming." 

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page October 17, 2007 -----------

Atlanta Suffers as Southeast Drought Continues

An unprecedented drought stretching across the southeastern United States has forced some of the region's largest cities to declare water emergencies. T

he situation has become so serious that officials in Atlanta, where rainfall totals are more than 16 inches below normal, said they could run out of drinking water in a matter of weeks.

For the FIRST TIME IN MORE THAN 100 YEARS, much of the Southeast has reached the most severe category of drought, climatologists said Monday, creating an emergency so serious that some cities are just months away from running out of water. 

Officials in the central North Carolina town of Siler City estimate that without rain, they are 80 days from draining the Lower Rocky River Reservoir, which supplies water for the town’s 8,200 people. 

In the Atlanta metropolitan area, which has more than four million people, worst-case analyses show that the city’s main source of water, Lake Lanier, could be drained dry in 90 to 121 days. 

The hard numbers have shocked the Southeast into action, even as many people wonder why things seem to have gotten so bad so quickly. 

For the better part of 18 months, cloudless blue skies and high temperatures have shriveled crops and bronzed lawns from North Carolina to Alabama, quietly creating what the state climatologist of Georgia has dubbed “the Rodney Dangerfield of natural disasters,” a reference to that comedian’s repeated lament that he got “no respect.” “People pay attention to hurricanes. 

They pay attention to tornadoes and earthquakes. But a drought will sneak up on you.” 

The situation has gotten so bad that by all measures — the percentage of moisture in the soil, the flow rate of rivers, inches of rain — THIS DROUGHT HAS BROKEN EVERY RECORD IN GEORGIA'S HISTORY. 

Within two weeks, the director of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, is expected to send the Governor recommendations on tightening water restrictions, which may include mandatory cutbacks on commercial and industrial users. 

If that happens, experts at the National Drought Mitigation Center said, it would be the first time a major metropolitan area in the United States had been forced to take such drastic action to save its water supply. 

“The situation is very dire.”

Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page October 15, 2007 -----------

Climate change will impact global river flow 

A global analysis of the potential effect of climate change on river basins indicates that many rivers impacted by dams or extensive development will require significant management interventions to protect ecosystems and people.

 "As a result of damming and development, major rivers worldwide have experienced dramatic changes in flow, reducing their natural ability to adjust to and absorb disturbances." 

Projections indicate that every populated basin in the world will experience changes in river discharge - some are expected to have large increases in flood flows while other basins will experience water stress such that there is not enough water to meet human needs. 

The study also finds that nearly one billion people live in areas likely to require action.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page October 11, 2007 -----------

USA gives Al Gore AWARDS wile the UK EXPOSES his LIES and gives Gore a FAILING grade...

"Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth, represents 'partisan political views' and must be treated as such by teachers in British schools, a British High Court judge has indicated.

"The British court was swayed by numerous factual inaccuracies portrayed in the movie. Among them:

-- The film claims global warming is responsible for the gradual retreat of the alpine glacier atop Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. Scientists have conclusively demonstrated no such link exists.

-- The film presents graphs indicating that fluctuating carbon dioxide levels have always preceded and caused global temperature fluctuations. In fact, temperature changes have always preceded carbon dioxide changes.

-- The film suggests global warming caused Hurricane Katrina. Few hurricane experts believe this, and substantial scientific evidence indicates global warming is having no impact on hurricane frequency or intensity.

***WATCHMAN... ABSOLUTELY but GOD does have an effect!!!...

-- The film asserts global warming is causing Central Africa's Lake Chad to dry up. In fact, land use practices are causing the drying up of Lake Chad, and Central Africa is in an unusual and prolonged wet period.

-- The film asserts global warming is leading to polar bear deaths by drowning. Yet the only documented drowning deaths occurred due to a freak storm, and polar bear numbers are growing substantially.

***WATCHMAN... Hmmmmm interesting - most NEWS sources say they are losing their habitat and REDUCING in numbers...

-- The film claims global warming threatens to halt the Gulf Stream and initiate a new ice age. The vast majority of scientists who have studied the issue have determined such a scenario is implausible.

-- The film asserts global warming is causing the destruction of coral reefs through bleaching. Scientists have identified other causes for coral bleaching and have additionally noted bleaching is a natural process by which coral continually selects ideal symbiotic algae.

-- The film asserts Greenland is in danger of rapid ice melt that will raise sea levels by 20 feet or more. The scientific consensus is that any foreseeable Greenland ice melt will be gradual and will take centuries to substantially raise sea levels.

***WATCHMAN... Hmmmmm interesting - most NEWS sources say it is happening NOW and flooding of the coasts is 10-20 away...

-- The film asserts the Antarctic ice shelf is melting. In fact, only a small portion of Antarctica is getting warmer and losing ice mass, while the vast majority of Antarctica is in a prolonged cold spell and is accumulating ice mass.

***WATCHMAN... Hmmmmm interesting - most NEWS sources say it is happening NOW and the ARTIC is loosing ICE MASS RAPIDLY...

"Also highlighted in court arguments was Al Gore's admission in Grist Magazine that 'I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it [global warming] is.'

"As a result of the partisan political nature of Gore's film, school teachers will not be allowed to show the movie without telling their students the film is scientifically controversial.

"The British High Court properly recognized that Al Gore's movie is nine parts political propaganda and one part science. Virtually every assertion that Gore makes in the movie has been strongly contradicted by sound science.

"The British court decision should guide teachers in the U.S. to similarly treat Gore's movie as the inaccurate and misleading propaganda tool that it is."

***WATCHMAN... BUT will the USA do that? - I doubt it - SOCIALISTIC - COMMUNISTIC lies now prevail in the USA...

Jeremiah 17:5 "Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord."

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page October 9, 2007 -----------

Climate Change Mega Disasters are upon us, warns UN

A record number of floods, droughts and storms around the world this year amount to a climate change "mega disaster", the United Nation's emergency relief coordinator, Sir John Holmes, has warned.

Sir John, a British diplomat who is also known as the UN's under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said dire predictions about the impact of global warming on humanity were already coming true.

"We are seeing the effects of climate change. Any year can be a freak but the pattern looks pretty clear to be honest. That's why we're trying ... to say, of course you've got to deal with mitigation of emissions, but this is here and now, this is with us already," he said.

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Rapidly melting Ice Displaces Alaska Walrus

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Thousands of walrus have appeared on Alaska's northwest coast in what conservationists are calling a dramatic consequence of global warming melting the Arctic sea ice.

Alaska's walrus, especially breeding females, in summer and fall are usually found on the Arctic ice pack. But the lowest summer ice cap on record put sea ice far north of the outer continental shelf, the shallow, life-rich shelf of ocean bottom in the Bering and Chukchi seas.

Walrus feed on clams, snails and other bottom dwellers. Given the choice between an ice platform over water beyond their 630-foot diving range or gathering spots on shore, thousands of walrus picked Alaska's rocky beaches.

"It looks to me like animals are shifting their distribution to find prey," said Tim Ragen, executive director of the federal Marine Mammal Commission. "The big question is whether they will be able to find sufficient prey in areas where they are looking."

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page October 8, 2007 -----------

Drought: Great Lakes are becoming shallower

MICHIGAN Drought and mild temperatures have pushed Lake Superior’s water level to its lowest point on record for this time of year, continuing a downward spiral across the Great Lakes.

The average water level of Superior in September dipped 1.6 inches beneath the previous low for that month reached in 1926.

The lake has dipped beneath its long-term average level for a decade – the longest such period in its known history.

Shippers, who haul iron ore and coal across the lakes, have been unable to fill cargo holds to capacity for fear of scraping the bottom in shallow channels.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page October 6, 2007 -----------

Ice cap melt seen "very, very alarming

The amount of Arctic ice which melted this summer beat a previous record, set two years ago, by an area more than four times the size of Britain, a 30-year satellite record shows.

Melting of sea ice doesn't affect sea levels because it's entire volume is already in the water, but scientists fear if it melted that could trigger more warming and melting of ice sheets over Greenland, which could raise sea levels by 7 meters.

Asked if scientists should have better predicted the rate of sea ice melting now seen Jarraud said: "I don't know the answer. It's a difficult question. Some of the models predicted faster melting than others."

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page October 2, 2007 -----------

Scientists continue to see dramatic drop in Arctic sea ice

ARTIC sea ice declined this year to the lowest levels registered since satellite assessments started in the 1970s, extending a trend fuelled by human-caused global warming, scientists said today.

Sea ice declined by so much this year that the typically ice-clogged Northwest Passage, allowing vessels to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific, completely opened for the first time anyone can recall, the researchers said.

Scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, part of the University of Colorado at Boulder, measure Arctic sea ice during the annual melt season beginning in March and ending in September.

The average sea ice extent for September, when ice is at its lowest quantities, slipped to 4.28 million square km, breaking by nearly a quarter the previous record low for the month set two years ago, the scientists said.

"Overall there's been a steep and significant downward trend since we've been getting good satellite data starting in 1979," said Walt Meier, one of the scientists studying Arctic sea ice for the data center.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page September 28, 2007 -----------

Warming linked to 'unprecedented' algae growth in Arctic lake

Global warming is believed to be softening the harsh Arctic environment, causing the algae population in Canada's northernmost lake to spike over the past two centuries, researchers said Wednesday.

The team, led by Laval University scientists Warwick Vincent and Reinhard Pienitz, found aquatic life in Ward Hunt Lake, located on island north of Ellesmere Island, increased 500-fold during the period.

The changes occurred at a speed and range "unprecedented in the lake's last 8,000 years," the researchers said in a statement.

And, they say, the likely culprit is "climate change related to human activity."

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page September 26, 2007 -----------

Climate Change 'to be bigger threat than terror'

CLIMATE change, not terrorism, will be the main security issue of the century, with potential to cause death and destruction on an unprecedented scale, Australia's top policeman believes.

In a surprise foray into the politics of global warming, Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty described how climate refugees "in their millions" could create a national security emergency for Australia.

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TURKEY - Dwindling Farm Water Threatens Turkish Disaster - An environmental catastrophe is threatening central Turkey, once the country's breadbasket, where farmers are depleting the water table after the hottest summer in living memory.

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GLOBAL - Endangered islands sound climate change alarm - Small islands, home to 5 percent of the world's population, could disappear under rising oceans as the Earth warms, delegates from 37 small island states warned on Monday.

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Climate change rapidly melting Kashmir glaciers

Himalayan glaciers are melting fast in Indian Kashmir as a result of global warming, causing water levels of regional streams and rivers to drop by two-thirds, a report said Monday.

The report by ActionAid entitled "On the Brink?" called for urgent cuts greenhouse gas emissions to help save the region's fragile environment.

Himalayan glaciers are the headwaters for Asia's nine largest rivers, crucial for the 1.3 billion people who live downstream. The melting glaciers could endanger water supplies for hundreds of millions of people, it said.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page September 17, 2007 -----------

Experts Shocked as Europe Heating Up Faster

Climate change is affecting Europe faster than the rest of the world and rising temperatures could transform the Mediterranean into a salty and stagnant sea, Italian experts said

Europe and the Mediterranean are warming up faster than the rest of the world," said climatologist Filippo Giorgi.

It's a climate change hot spot, one of the areas where we actually see the change happening

The Mediterranean is becoming warmer and saltier" due to increased evaporation

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Ever Growing Ozone hole reappears over Antarctic

The hole in the protective ozone layer over the Antarctic is forming again eclipsing the record size it reached last year, a scientist at the UN's weather agency said.

The gap in the ozone in the upper atmosphere, at altitudes of up to 25 kilometers (15 miles), has reached a size of about 23 million square kilometers (8.9 million square miles), said World Meteorological Organization ozone expert Geir Braathen.

In 2006, the hole covered an area of 29.5 million square kilometers (11.39 million square miles), exceeding the previous record set six years earlier.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page September 14, 2007 -----------

RUSSIA - Russians have had to shoot three UNUSUALLY aggressive polar bears so far this year, in what environmental group WWF said was a sign the bears’ feeding patterns were being disrupted by global warming. The bears used to come ashore in winter along the sea ice to forage for food, but that the ice had retreated UNUSUALLY far from the coast leaving predators with a long swim. “This makes them particularly vulnerable since animals in search of food lose their sense of danger, they enter villages and often attack people." WWF also said the retreating sea ice had hit the walrus population.

EUROPE - Climate change is affecting Europe faster than the rest of the world and rising temperatures could transform the Mediterranean into a salty and stagnant sea, Italian experts said Wednesday. Warmer waters and increased salinity could doom many of the sea's plant and animal species and ravage the fishing industry. Scientists still don't know why the region is more sensitive to climate change, but in the next decades, temperature increases hitting Europe during the summer months could be 40 percent to 50 percent higher than elsewhere. The change is also being felt at sea level, with a surface temperature increase of 1 degree every decade. "The Mediterranean is becoming warmer and saltier" due to increased evaporation. This could disrupt the flow at the Strait of Gibraltar, a key gateway to the Mediterranean. The higher salt concentration in the Mediterranean would cause water to flow out into the Atlantic Ocean, as opposed to Atlantic water coming into the Mediterranean, which serves as the sea's lifeline. Even more worrying, a study conducted by Italy's marine research institute indicates the temperature increases are creeping into the cold depths of the Mediterranean. Measurements conducted last winter off Italy's western coast at a depth of up to 300 feet showed temperatures were about 3.6 degrees above average. Temperature differences between the sea's layers create the currents that allow the Mediterranean's waters to mix and bring up fresh nutrients to feed the algae that form the basic diet of most fish species. These temperature rises could wipe out "up to 50 percent of the species," the study said. The decline in the algae population measured last winter also reduced by 30 percent the sea's ability to absorb carbon dioxide, one of the gases blamed by scientists for heating the atmosphere like a greenhouse.

 

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Polar Bear Population Expected to Drop to Zero

Less than a third of the world's polar bears may be left within 30-50 years because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The agency projects that polar bears during that time also will lose 42 percent of the Arctic range they need to live in during summer in the Polar Basin when they need to hunt and breed.

the World Conservation Union, based in Gland, Switzerland, has estimated the polar bear population in the Arctic is about 20,000 to 25,000, put at risk by melting sea ice, pollution,hunting, development and even tourism.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page August 20, 2007 ---------------

      THE END TIMES - THE LAST DAYS - ARE UPON THE EARTH!

MATTHEW 24:21 "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."  

   THIS IS NO GAME! - THIS IS THE REAL THING! - DO NOT WAIT!

                     JESUS IS COMING!

CLICK HERE to see an animated graphic illustration what it will be like for the unsaved and for a prayer of salvation!

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Ice cap meltdown to cause 22ft floods

The Greenland ice sheet is doomed to melt away within the next three centuries and flood hundreds of millions of people out of their homes.

This is the stark warning given by a scientist who claims that current forecasts grossly overestimate how long the ice sheet will survive.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has previously stated that a total meltdown is likely to take at least 1,000 years.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page August 16, 2007 ---------------

Global warming boosts crop

Global warming will fuel a disease that annually causes hundreds of million dollars in damage to rapeseed plants, used to make canola oil, according to a study released Tuesday.

Using weather-based computer models, researchers in Britain predicted that climate change will expand the range and increase the severity of phoma stem canker, which already accounts for 900 million dollars (650 million euros) in losses each year.

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Arctic sea ice melts to new low

The extent of sea ice has been declining over the past 30 years

Arctic sea ice is expected to retreat to a record low by the end of this summer, scientists have predicted.

Measurements made by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) showed the extent of sea ice on 8 August was almost 30% below the long-term average.

Because the region's melting season runs until the middle of September, scientists believe this summer will end with the lowest ice cover on record.

Researchers have forecast ice-free summers in the Arctic by 2040

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USA GREAT LAKES 

Water levels in the three upper Great Lakes are wavering far below normal, and experts expect Lake Superior, the northernmost lake, to reach a record low in the next two months, according to data from the international bodies that monitor the Great Lakes, the world’s largest freshwater reservoir.  

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Drought in Turkey ravages farms, threatens cities

In western Turkey, where the lakes are drying up and the blazing sun burns the crops, a 10-month-long drought has ravaged farming and is now threatening water supplies in the big cities.

Since October the north-west Marmara region, home to Turkey's largest city Istanbul, has received only 394 millimeters (15.5 inches) of rain per square meter, 34 percent less than normal, while the Aegean coast has seen 355 millimeters, about 43 percent less than the usual level.

The situation is unprecedented for at least three decades, according to the weather service.

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Natural weather variations have offset the effects of global warming for the past couple of years and will continue to keep temperatures flat through 2008, a new study shows. But global warming will begin in earnest in 2009, and a couple of the years between 2009 and 2014 will eclipse 1998, the warmest year on record to date. The Earth is headed for a RECORD-SETTING HEAT WAVE after 2009, a team of U.K. climate experts said in the first such report based on observations from recent years. Scientists unveiled a 10-year climate model, predicting a rapid increase in temperatures between 2009 and 2014. Each year from 2010 through 2014 has at least a 50 percent chance of being warmer than 1998, the hottest on record. The estimate is the first stemming from data collected since 1990 on ocean temperatures, heat-trapping gases and other factors. Other forecasters used information gathered from 1960 to 1990. "Global warming is a problem that needs some action sooner rather than later." The results for years beyond 2014, which haven't been published, suggest that heat records will continue to be set after that. Cooling in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific will forestall record annual temperatures for the next two years. After that, global heat will resume an upward climb that has also been predicted by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The UN's World Meteorological Organization bolstered those estimates with a report saying that global surface temperatures were 1.89 degrees Celsius (3.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than average in January and 1.37 degrees above the mean in April. Only a rare event such as the eruption of a major volcano might keep warming at bay, at least temporarily. For example, the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, on Luzon in the Philippines, cooled global annual temperatures by about half a degree Celsius during the following two years. Pinatubo spewed out an enormous cloud of gas and ashes that spread around the earth in two weeks, blocking out some of the sun's rays.

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Mexico's glaciers are doomed. Glaciers that crown Mexico's tallest mountains and which inspired Aztec legends of lost love and a snake god could disappear within a few decades, with scientists pointing to global warming as a cause of their demise. “We estimate the glaciers could last another 20 or 30 years." Mexico's two remaining glacial fields hold some of the world's few tropical glaciers, which are also found in South America, Africa and Papua New Guinea but are melting fast as world temperatures rise. On Iztaccihuatl, a dormant volcano and one of two white-capped peaks that can be seen from Mexico City, glaciers have shrunk about 70 per cent since 1960...

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A Chunk of an Arctic glacier broke into the sea and triggered a huge wave that injured 18 people on a sightseeing boat, almost all of them British tourists. Four people were seriously hurt in the accident by Hornbreen glacier on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. “The glacier calved (split off) and a big wave washed over the boat. The boat rocked back and forth and passengers fell on the deck.” Boats are meant to stay clear of glaciers around Svalbard, which is about 1000km from the North Pole, in case chunks fall off. But there are no fixed rules for how far is safe. Glaciers naturally break apart as they slide downhill but many are shrinking more quickly than usual because of global warming.

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Lake Superior Changes Mystify Scientists

Deep enough to hold the combined water in all the other Great Lakes and with a surface area as large as South Carolina, Lake Superior's size has lent it an aura of invulnerability.

But the mighty Superior is losing water and getting warmer, worrying those who live near its shores, scientists and companies that rely on the lake for business.

The changes to the lake could be signs of climate change, although scientists aren't sure.

Superior's level is at its lowest point in eight decades and will set a record this fall if, as expected, it dips three more inches. Meanwhile, the average water temperature has surged 4.5 degrees since 1979, significantly above the 2.7-degree rise in the region's air temperature during the same period.

A weather buoy on the western side recently recorded an "amazing" 75 degrees, "as warm a surface temperature as we've ever seen in this lake," said Jay Austin, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota at Duluth's Large Lakes Observatory.

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Europe heating up quicker than thought

WESTERN Europe has heated up more than previously thought over the past century, according to a new study that adds to evidence pointing to a future of hotter summers and longer-lasting heat waves.

The study, published yesterday in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, showed that the actual mean temperature since 1880 had risen 1.6C, not the 1.3C as previously thought, said Paul Della-Marta, a climate scientist at Switzerland's national weather service who led the study.

“It is a big change when you consider it is an average temperature,” Mr. Della-Marta said.

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New Clues To World's Ozone Depletion

Large quantities of ozone-depleting chemicals have been discovered in the Antarctic atmosphere by researchers from the University of Leeds, the University of East Anglia, and the British Antarctic Survey.

The team of atmospheric chemists carried out an 18-month study of the make-up of the lowest part of the earth's atmosphere on the Brunt Ice Shelf, about 20 km from the Weddell Sea.

They found high concentrations of halogens - bromine and iodine oxides - which persist throughout the period when there is sunlight in Antarctica (August through May).

A big surprise to the science team was the large quantities of iodine oxide, since this chemical has not been detected in the Arctic.

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Tropical storms doubled due to global warming, study says

The number of tropical storms developing annually in the Atlantic Ocean more than doubled over the past century, with the increase taking place in two jumps, researchers say.

The increases coincided with rising sea surface temperature, largely the byproduct of human-induced climate warming, researchers Greg J. Holland and Peter J. Webster concluded.

Their findings were being published online Sunday by Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London.

An official at the National Hurricane Center called the research "sloppy science" and said technological improvements in observing storms accounted for the increase.

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Archived from NEWS+VIEWS page July 27, 2007 -----------------

Ozone cuts plant growth, spurs global warming-study

The affects of greenhouse gas ozone, which has been increasing near Earth's surface since 1850, could seriously cut into crop yields and spur global warming this century, scientists reported on Wednesday.

Ozone in the troposphere -- the lowest level of the atmosphere -- damages plants and affects their ability to absorb carbon dioxide, another global warming gas whose release into the atmosphere accelerates climate change, the researchers wrote in the journal Nature.

While carbon dioxide is blamed for global warming, it also has a beneficial effect on plant growth, and ozone counteracts this effect, said Stephen Sitch, a climate researcher at Britain's Met Office, which deals with meteorology.

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Smog to accelerate global warming: scientists

Ozone smog will accentuate global warming this century, for it will damage plants and trees that help soak up carbon emissions, a study to be published on Thursday says.

Its authors fear a major factor in the climate-change equation has been badly overlooked.

"Carbon sinks" -- the famous ability of vegetation to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), the principal greenhouse gas -- are being damaged by ozone, they say.

As a result, more CO2 will build in the atmosphere instead of being taken up by the land, which in turn will stoke global warming and thus worsen climate change.

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Melting glaciers raise sea level more than polar ice sheets

Contrary to common belief, melting glaciers due to global warming contribute more to the rising sea level than the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets, researchers said Thursday in a study.

Scientists found that the ebb and flow of glaciers where they meet the water causes them to speed up and deliver more ice into the world's oceans than previously estimated, said the study published in Science's latest issue.

Glaciers and ice caps account for 60 percent of the melt water that flows into the oceans, which has been speeding up over the past 10 years from global warming, said the study's chief author, emeritus professor Mark Meier of University of Colorado's Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.

Together, glaciers and ice caps drop into the oceans 417 cubic kilometers (100 cubic miles) of ice each year, equal to the volume of Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes of the United States.

And the volume of ice grows by 12.5 cubic kilometers (three cubic miles) each year.

By comparison, the study said, ice breaking off and melting from Greenland's ice sheet contributes 28 percent of the world's ice to the oceans, and the Antarctic ice sheet another 12 percent.

The accelerating contribution of glaciers and ice caps is due in part to rapid changes in the flow of tidewater glaciers that discharge icebergs directly into the ocean, the researchers said.

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Beware of Rapidly Melting Glaciers this Century

DON'T worry too much, for now, about rising seas caused by melting ice in Greenland and Antarctica. The big threat this century could come from small thawing glaciers, researchers reported overnight.

Even though these glaciers contain only 1 per cent of the water tied up in the great ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland, they could account for 60 per cent of an anticipated rise in the world's sea level by the year 2100.

Sea-level rise is seen a key consequence of global warming, and much of the concern has focused on the big ice sheets that contain the vast majority of the world's ice.

Researchers writing in the online journal Science Express estimate melting glaciers, which are located all over the globe including in the tropics, could add between 10 and 25 centimeters to world sea level this century.

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