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4.22.2005

World is heating up

Articles taken from Signs of the Times

US gov't issues drought alert for 3 African nations
21 Apr 2005 12:46:00 GMT
Source: Reuters
WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) - U.S. government weather forecasters issued a drought alert on Wednesday for areas of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia which face widespread crop losses and food shortages.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said its weather satellites detected "areas of stifling drought conditions" in parts of the three countries for the sixth consecutive year.

"If the drought continues, any hope of success for a decent early-stage agricultural season in the Horn (of Africa) would be seriously at risk," said Felix Kogan of NOAA's Office of Research and Applications. "We are issuing a drought alert to notify humanitarian and relief agencies of these potentially deadly conditions so that hopefully lives can be saved."

Six straight years of extreme drought!

If this were happening in the U.S., the media would be ALL over this, but nonetheless it is in "Third World" countries, which is code for 'they don't matter'. Despite the efforts to keep people unaware to global warming the reality will hit home soon enough.

Also from the BBC...


Antarctic glaciers show retreat
By Jonathan Amos
BBC News science reporter

Antarctic glacier (Bas)
Overall, retreating glaciers have lost an average of 600m in 50 years
The glaciers of the Antarctic Peninsula are in rapid retreat.

A detailed study reported in Science magazine shows nearly 90% of the ice bodies streaming down from the mountains to the ocean are losing mass.

But the authors - a joint team from the British-Antarctic and US-Geological Surveys - say the big melt could have a number of complex causes.

Although higher air temperatures are a factor, they say, the full picture may go beyond just simple global warming.

This study demonstrates the enormous importance of gathering long-term data
Dr Andrew Sugden, Science magazine,

"The overall picture is of glaciers retreating in a pattern that suggests the most important factor is atmospheric warming; we can connect the retreat with the observed warming recorded at climate stations along the peninsula," explained Dr David Vaughan, from the British Antarctic Survey (Bas).

"But it's not a perfect fit; there seem to be other factors involved as well - possibly to do with changing ocean currents and temperatures," he told BBC News.

The Western world generally sees global warming as a problem for the future. Most think the consequences will not be felt by them, so why even worry about it? The ignorance of that statement is beyond words. We are very much a nation of Dubyas.