Climate Change : Features

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  • Glaciers and sea ice speed the big melt

    2 February 2004

    By 2020, the snows of Kilimanjaro may exist only in old photographs. The glaciers in Montana's Glacier National Park could disappear by 2030. And by mid-century, the Arctic Sea may be completely ice-free during summertime. As the earth's temperature has risen in recent decades, the earth's ice cover has begun to melt. And that melting is accelerating.

  • Global temperatures hit record highs

    29 January 2004

    Temperature data from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies for 2003 indicates that it was the third warmest year on record. The temperature averaged 14.62 degrees Celsius (58.3 degrees Fahrenheit) over the year, down slightly from the record high of 14.71 in 1998 and second-place-2002 at 14.70 degrees, but well above the average temperature of 14 degrees Celsius that prevailed from 1951 to 1980.

  • Small islands seek salvation in wake of Cyclone Heta

    27 January 2004

    Earlier this month (January 2004) a cyclone devastated the tiny Pacific island of Niue, and its population of 1,700 souls. It lent fresh urgency to the meeting of small island states which has opened in Nassau, Bahamas, to discuss ways of combatting the effects on them of global warming, including storms, droughts and the submergence of their lands beneath rising seas.

  • COMMENTARY: Hot air at climate talks

    13 January 2004

    The Ninth Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change brought over 5,000 people to Milan from 180 nations, in December 2003. They included 2,300 non-governmental organisations and some 500 press and TV journalists. But, says Sunita Narain, from the Centre for Science and Environment in Delhi, it was a frustating exercise.

  • Message from the future regarding climate change

    10 January 2003

    Generations, in the not-too-distant future, may well look back on us living in the first decade of the 21st century - especially in the US - and find themselves overwhelmed with anger. They may ask:

  • Global temperature near record for 2002

    6 January 2003

    Temperature data for the first 11 months of 2002 indicate that last year is likely prove the second warmest on record, exceeded only by 1998. Lester Brown investigates the rising trend in global temperatures that are affecting the delicate ecological balance of earth.

  • Globe heats up as carbon emissions climb

    18 December 2002

    Although economic growth slowed throughout much of the world during 2001, world carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels continued their relentless upward trend, surpassing 6.5 billion tons. Bernie Fischolowitz investigates its impact on climate change and what can be done to arrest this disturbing disturbing pattern.

  • The coming decline of oil

    19 March 2002

    Amongst the billions of words brought forth by the climate debate over the past years, remarkably few have touched on an issue that ticks behind it like an unexploded time bomb. This is the probability that world oil production will reach a peak sometime during this decade and then start to fall, never to rise again. Gerald Leach reports.

  • Small islands in climate peril

    26 February 2001

    Palm-fringed paradise islands and atolls in the South Pacific and the Caribbean are literally in danger of being washed away. Rising sea levels linked to global warming, freshwater shortages, droughts and coral bleaching are taking an economic toll on some of the world's most beautiful small island states. Maya Pastakia reports.

  • Rising seas and changing currents

    19 February 2001

    Despite recent re-estimates of expected sea level rise, small island nations and deltas are still under threat. John Pernetta reports on the latest evidence.