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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...

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2006-10-05 08:05:00

TRENTON, N.J. -- Global warming could strain the Northeast's power grid, farms, forests and marine fisheries by the next century unless carbon dioxide emissions are reduced by 3 percent each year, according to a report released Wednesday. The climate in the nine states - from New Jersey and Pennsylvania up to Maine - could become like that of the South with longer, much hotter summers and warmer winters with less snow, the report by the Union of Concerned Scientists said. "This has enormous...

2006-09-01 20:05:00

SYDNEY -- The world's top climate scientists are slightly less pessimistic in their latest forecasts for global warming over the next 100 years, the Australian newspaper reported on Saturday. A draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change obtained by the newspaper says the temperature increase could be contained to two degrees Celsius by 2100, if greenhouse gas emissions were held at current levels. A three-degree Celsius rise in the average global daily temperature is...

2006-08-17 07:40:00

By Gerard Wynn LONDON -- The European Union is doing too little to achieve its goal of limiting global warming although it portrays itself as a world leader, some academics say. They want upcoming studies of the environment to add new urgency to international action to axe use of fossil fuels. The EU says to avoid dangerous interference with the climate global average temperatures should not exceed 2 degrees Celsius (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels. To that end it wants developed...

2006-05-23 05:00:00

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Global warming could be happening faster than scientists had previously thought and weather extremes such as heatwaves could become common, an Australian government report said on Tuesday. The report by the Environment Department said there was a greater risk that global warming could now exceed previous predictions of a 1.4 to 5.8 degrees Celsius rise in temperatures by the year 2100. "The impacts of a changing climate are beginning to emerge," said the report, titled...

2006-05-11 10:53:30

By Gerard Wynn COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Global temperatures may be increasing more quickly than first thought, and evidence is stronger that humans are causing the rise, the World Bank's Chief Scientist Robert Watson told Reuters on Thursday. Scientists widely accept that climate change is happening and could cause more extreme weather, global warming and rising sea levels. But the scale of change and its cause are hotly contested, as blocs of countries including Europe and the...


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