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(NewYorkTimesMagazine) All around the world, scientists are building repositories of everything from seeds to ice to mammal milk — racing to preserve a natural order that is fast disappearing.
It was a freakishly warm evening last October when a maintenance worker first discovered the water — torrents of it, rushing into the entrance tunnel of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a storage facility dug some 400 feet into the side of a mountain on a Norwegian island near the North Pole. A storm was dumping rain at a time of year when the temperature was usually well below freezing; because the water had short-circuited the electrical system, the electric pumps on site were useless. This subterranean safe house holds more than 5,000 species of essential food crops, including hundreds of thousands of varieties of wheat and rice. It was supposed to be an impenetrable, modern-day Noah’s ark for plants, a life raft against climate change and catastrophe. Local firefighters helped pump out the tunnel until the temperature dropped and the water froze. Townspeople from the village at the mountain’s base then brought their own shovels and axes and broke apart the ice sheet by hand.

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14.07.2017 - Ein ungebremster Klimawandel hätte für Länder in Asien und Ozeanien verheerende Folgen und würde sich stark auf ihr zukünftiges Wachstum auswirken. Aktuelle Entwicklungserfolge könnten sich umkehren und die Lebensqualität abnehmen. Das zeigt ein Bericht, den die asiatische Entwicklungsbank (ADB) und das Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) erstellt haben.

In einem Business-as-usual-Szenario wird für den asiatischen Kontinent bis zum Ende des Jahrhunderts ein Temperaturanstieg von 6 °C erwartet. Einige Länder der Region könnten dabei noch weitaus heißer werden. So könnten die Temperaturen in Tadschikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan und dem Nordwesten Chinas um bis zu 8 °C steigen. Das zeigt der Bericht mit dem Titel A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific.

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(Independent) 'You can only be smacked in the face by evidence so many times and not see some kind of pattern,' says scientist.  Planet Earth is warmer than it has been for at least 2,000 years, according to a study that took its temperature from 692 different “natural thermometers” on every continent and ocean on the planet. 
In the most comprehensive assessment of how the climate has changed over the period to date, researchers looked at a host of sources of historic information, including tree rings, ice cores, lake and sea sediments, corals, mineral deposits and written records.
What they found confirmed the famous “hockey stick” graph, showing an undulating, but broadly flat, line followed by a sharp uptick that begins at around 1900.
The only plausible explanation for this sudden change is fossil fuel emissions, which have increased the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from about 280 parts per million in the 19th century to more than 400 today.

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Spiegel Online - Etwa 400.000 Methan-Krater haben Forscher in der Deutschen Bucht entdeckt. Daraus sind große Mengen des klimaschädlichen Gases entwichen - ein bisher übersehener Beitrag zur Erderwärmung. ... ganzen Artikel auf Spiegel online lesen

A new paper published in the Journal of Climate reveals that the lower part of the Earth’s atmosphere has warmed much faster since 1979 than scientists relying on satellite data had previously thought.

Researchers from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS), based in California, have released a substantially revised version of their lower tropospheric temperature record.

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Climate scientists say New York magazine's cover story about global warming is unnecessarily apocalyptic. But can fear help the planet?

New York magazine’s latest opus on climate change, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” is a horror story. Over 7,000 words, reporter David Wallace-Wells lays out global warming’s worst-case scenario in excruciating and apocalyptic detail. If humanity does nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Wallace-Wells writes, prehistoric ice could unleash million-year-old bacteria, sparking devastating disease outbreaks. Thicker, hotter air could bring a “rolling death smog that suffocates millions.” Drought, heat, and crop failure in conflict-ridden zones could create “perpetual war” and violent death. “It is, I promise, worse than you think,” he declares. “No matter how well-informed you are, you are surely not alarmed enough.”

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Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the coastline will not be enough.

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