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2007-05-30 19:05:00

NASA and Columbia University Earth Institute research finds that human-made greenhouse gases have brought the Earth's climate close to critical tipping points, with potentially dangerous consequences for the planet. From a combination of climate models, satellite data, and paleoclimate records the scientists conclude that the West Antarctic ice sheet, Arctic ice cover, and regions providing fresh water sources and species habitat are under threat from continued global warming. The research...

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2007-05-14 18:50:42

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Global warming isn't just a matter of melting icebergs and polar bears chasing after them. It's also Lake Chad drying up, the glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro disappearing, increasing extreme weather, conflict and hungry people throughout Africa. According to a landmark effort to assess the risks of global warming, Africa - by far the lowest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world - is projected to be among the regions hardest hit by environmental change. "We never...

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2007-04-02 15:28:09

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The EU's chief environmental official urged the United States and Australia to do more to cut greenhouse gases, saying Monday their cooperation was critical in the fight against global warming. At the start of a five-day U.N. climate change conference, EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas criticized the two major holdouts to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol for their reluctance to join the 27-nation EU and other rich countries in fighting climate change. Dimas said the U.S....

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2007-02-03 13:10:00

PARIS -- Forty-five nations answered France's call Saturday for a new environmental body to slow inevitable global warming and protect the planet, perhaps with policing powers to punish violators. Absent were the world's heavyweight polluter, the United States, and booming nations on the same path as the U.S. - China and India. The charge led by French President Jacques Chirac came a day after the release of an authoritative - and disturbingly grim - scientific report in Paris that said...

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2007-02-01 10:20:00

PARIS -- The most authoritative report on climate change is using the strongest wording ever on the source of global warming, saying it is "very likely" caused by humans and already is leading to killer heat waves and stronger hurricanes, delegates who have seen the report said Thursday. Dozens of scientists and bureaucrats from 113 countries are editing the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in closed-door meetings in Paris. Their report, which must be unanimously...

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2007-01-31 11:10:00

PARIS - Scientists and government officials are falling far behind in their attempts to come up with an authoritative report on global warming - but not because of major disagreements among more than 100 nations and dozens of scientists. The problem is wrangling over the wording and nuances of general language, three delegates told The Associated Press on Wednesday, the third day of their meeting in Paris. All governments involved must agree on the language of the 12-15 page summary. "We...

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2007-01-30 18:00:00

PARIS - The Eiffel Tower's 20,000 flashing lights will go dark for five minutes Thursday evening, hours before scientists and officials unveil a long-awaited report on global warming. The darkening of the landmark in the City of Light comes at the urging of environmental activists and is timed to coincide with Friday's release of the major report warning that Earth will keep getting warmer and presenting new evidence of humanity's role in climate change. Ahead of the report by the...

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2007-01-30 13:50:00

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The top U.N. official for the environment asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday to convene an international summit to combat climate change, an official said, joining a chorus of world leaders and scientists calling for urgent action to cut greenhouse gases. Ban met with the executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, Achim Steiner, who recommended the summit take place later this year, an official close to the talks said. Ban was sympathetic to the idea,...

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2007-01-22 16:20:00

WASHINGTON -- Human-caused global warming is here - visible in the air, water and melting ice - and is destined to get much worse in the future, an authoritative global scientific report will warn next week. "The smoking gun is definitely lying on the table as we speak," said top U.S. climate scientist Jerry Mahlman, who reviewed all 1,600 pages of the first segment of a giant four-part report. "The evidence ... is compelling." The first phase of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

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2006-11-13 10:45:00

NAIROBI, Kenya -- A long-awaited report by an international scientific network will offer much stronger evidence of how man is changing Earth's climate, and should prompt balky governments into action against global warming, the group's chief scientist said Monday. The upcoming, multi-volume U.N. assessment - on melting ice caps and rising seas, with authoritative new data on how the world has warmed - "might provide just the right impetus to get the negotiations going in a more purposeful...