Climate

China Fears Disasters, Grain Cut from Global Warming
December 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Chris Buckley and Chen Aizhu, Reuters

Global warming threatens to intensify natural disasters and water shortages across China, driving down the country's food output, the Chinese government has warned, even as its seeks to tame energy consumption.

Norway Wants U.S. Politicians to See Warming Arctic
December 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Norway will invite U.S. politicians to visit a group of fast-thawing Arctic islands in 2007, hoping to win converts for tougher action against global warming, its foreign minister says.

Warmer Winters Change Washington Foliage
December 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Fifteen years of warm winter weather is beginning to change the Washington area's landscape -- with Southern species like crape myrtles having an easier time and northern types feeling less welcome, according to findings by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Study Links Fires to Ocean Temperatures
December 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Using fire scars on nearly 5,000 tree stumps dating back 450 years, scientists have found that extended periods of major wildfires in the West occurred when the North Atlantic Ocean was going through periodic warming.

Scientists Rebut Big Easy Channel Report
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

A group of scientists accused the Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday of endangering the city's future by failing to take steps to immediately close a shipping channel blamed for widespread flooding during Hurricane Katrina.

Indian, Chinese Team to Map Glacier Melt
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Gavin Rabionwitz, Associated Press

A joint Indian-Chinese team plans to chart remote Himalayan glaciers that scientists fear are rapidly melting because of global warming, threatening the great rivers that give life to one of South Asia's most fertile regions.

Report Says Tides Affect Speed of Antarctic Ice Slide
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Tides affect the speed at which an Antarctic ice sheet bigger than the Netherlands is sliding towards the sea, adding a surprise piece to a puzzle about ocean levels and global warming, a study showed on Wednesday.

Group Offers Roadmap to Reduce Pollution
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A regional environmental group Monday released a comprehensive "climate change roadmap" to reduce pollution linked to global warming by 75 percent in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

2006 Sees Record Number of Wildfires
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The nation set a record for wildfires this year and climate experts say 2006 will probably end as the third warmest year on record for the contiguous United States.

Scientist Says New Data Backs Sulphur Climate Plan
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Ari Rabinovitch, Reuters

Nobel Prize laureate Paul Crutzen says he has new data supporting his controversial theory that injecting the common pollutant sulphur into the atmosphere would cancel out the greenhouse effect.

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