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Top scientists say global warming is triggering ecosystem changes around the …
6 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
The natural world is already getting knocked around by climate change, the world’s top climate experts said today. In the second of four reports being released this year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group looked at the impacts of global warming, both present and projected, and said …

Bipartisan bill calls for intelligence assessment of climate impacts
6 Apr 2007 at 6:04pm
How might U.S. national security be threatened by all those mega-droughts, coastal floods, killer hurricanes, food shortages, and other calamities likely to result from climate change? No one knows, but Sens. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) think it’s time to find out. Last week, they introduced a bill …

American Southwest soon will face permanent drought, says study
6 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
Tired of depressing climatic news? Too bad, here’s more! A new study in Science predicts that as early as 2021, global warming could create Dust Bowl-like conditions in the American Southwest. Much of the region has been severely dry since 2000, and researchers say 18 of the 19 computer models …

David James Duncan, author and fly fisher, answers readers’ questions
6 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
David James Duncan believes storytelling needs to be part of the don’t-you-dare-call-it-environmental movement. But what else would you expect from a bestselling author? As InterActivist this week, Duncan provoked questions from literary fans, fishing foes, and old guitar buddies. In answering, he writes about his campaign to save salmon, the …

Flight ads should carry health warnings, says U.K. group
6 Apr 2007 at 1:04pm
Advertisements for flights should include a health warning, tobacco-style, to remind people of their contribution to climate change, a U.K. think tank said this week. (So creative, those Brits!) “The evidence that aviation damages the atmosphere is just as clear as the evidence that smoking kills,” says Simon Retallack of …

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