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Mountain Climbers Witness Global Warming



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Andre Haenggeli climbs the Pointe Percee in France, near the Swiss border, on Sept. 8, 2006. Mountaineers ...

BEND, Ore. - Mountaineers are bringing back firsthand accounts of vanishing glaciers, melting ice routes, crumbling rock formations and flood-prone lakes where glaciers once rose.

Bizarro Earth

Study: Lake Superior Warming Quickly

Lake Superior has been warming even faster than the climate around it since the late 1970s due to reduced ice cover, according to a study by professors at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Summer surface temperatures on the famously cold lake have increased about 4.5 degrees since 1979, compared with about a 2.7-degree increase in the region's annual average air temperature, the researchers found. The lake's "summer season" is now beginning about two weeks earlier than it did 27 years ago.

Bulb

Billions face climate change risk

Billions of people face shortages of food and water and increased risk of flooding, experts at a major climate change conference have warned.

The bleak conclusion came ahead of the publication of a key report by hundreds of international environmental experts.

Agreement on the final wording of the report was reached after a marathon debate through the night in Brussels.

Cloud Lightning

Thousands in Dark After New England Snow



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A tree lies on top of downed power lines in Brunswick, Maine, Thursday, April 5, 2007. ...

CONCORD, N.H. - Utility crews worked to restore power Friday to tens of thousands of northern New Englanders after a spring snowfall dumped more than a foot of snow around the region.

Vader

Federal Climate and Ocean Scientists Put Under New Restrictions - Any Scientific Statements "of Official Interest" Must be Pre-Approved

Federal climate, weather and marine scientists will be subject to new restrictions as to what they can say to the media or in public, according to agency documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Under rules posted last week, these federal scientists must obtain agency pre-approval to speak or write, whether on or off-duty, concerning any scientific topic deemed "of official interest."

Comment: Already any press releases put out by climate scientists have to go through "screening" before being published. All media contact has to be reported to political appointees located at each federal facility. This new directive takes this "review" process to new extremes, though it appears to be limited to Commerce Department scientists (NOAA and NMFS) for the time being.


Bizarro Earth

Serious drought may strike western US

The western US may be heading towards a return to the dustbowl landscape that devastated the prairies of the 1930s, climatologists warn.

Evil Rays

Strong earthquake shakes Portugal's Azores

A strong earthquake shook Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores archipelago early today, according to the US Geological Survey's Earthquake Information Center.

Cloud Lightning

Rare clouds 'could indicate global warming'

Rare, mother-of-pearl coloured clouds caused by extreme weather conditions above Antarctica are a possible indication of global warming, Australian scientists have announced.

Known as nacreous clouds, the spectacular formations showing delicate wisps of colours were photographed in the sky over an Australian meteorological base at Mawson Station on July 25.

Comment: See also: "Mother of Pearl": Nacreous Clouds

Nacreous Cloud Alert

Rare clouds 'could indicate global warming'

CALIPSO Spies Polar Stratospheric Clouds


Evil Rays

Global warming heating Mars four times faster than Earth

GLOBAL warming could be heating Mars four times faster than Earth due to a mutually reinforcing interplay of wind-swept dust and changes in reflected heat from the Sun, according a study.

Better Earth

Spectacular volcano eruption on La Reunion



Lava flowing from Piton de la Fournaise on Reunion

Raging lava has spewed out of one of the world's most active volcanos on the French island of La Reunion.

The red hot lava cut roads in half, damaged homes and created huge clouds of steam as it flowed into the Indian Ocean.