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Biting winters driven by global warming: scientists

PARIS — Counter-intuitive but true, say scientists: a string of freezing European winters scattered over the last decade has been driven in large part by global warming. The culprit, according to a new study, is the Arctic’s receding surface ice, which at current rates of decline could to disappear entirely…

Hunters may have delivered fatal blow to mammoths

During the last Ice Age, shaggy mammoths, woolly rhinos and bison lumbered across northern Siberia. Then, about 10,000 years ago — in the span of a geological heartbeat, or a few hundred years — the last of them disappeared. Many scientists believe a dramatic shift in climate drove these giant…

Expect more rain, more drought and fiercer storms, scientists say

Hungry polar bears gathering along the tundra, twice as many record-breaking temperatures and stronger hurricanes are among the latest signs of climate change, scientists say. And we can expect more rain, more drought and fiercer storms in the future if the world continues on its fossil-fuel gobbling track, they told…

Environment group warns of Arctic oil drilling risks

With big oil companies eager to expand offshore exploration in the Arctic, an environmental group on Wednesday warned that the United States is ill-prepared to deal with an oil spill there. Freezing conditions, high seas and fragile ecosystems are among the dangers that could imperil operations to clean up a…

Guard troops to head to border states Aug. 1

Obama sending 1,200 Guard troops to help secure border against smugglers, illegal immigration National Guard troops will head to the U.S.-Mexico border Aug. 1 for a yearlong deployment to keep a lookout for illegal border crossers and smugglers and help in criminal investigations, federal officials said Monday. The troops will…

Gore: Melting glaciers may deprive over 1 billion of fresh water

Climate guru Al Gore warned UN climate talks Monday that the record melting of glaciers worldwide could deprive more than a billion people of access to fresh water. “There are more than a billion people on the planet who get more than half of their drinking water — many of…

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