NASA: the melting of glaciers is accelerating at an alarming rate

Worse than you can imagine! About such a phrase could utter scientists, analyzing the state of Greenland and Arctic ice. Nearly 20-year study, funded by NASA, says that mankind should prepare for the worst — the glaciers are melting faster and faster, and the rate of melting increases at a rate that could not predict the scientists in their most pessimistic forecasts.

It was found that the annual ice lost in the mass of 36.3 gigatons (unit of mass equal to 10 to the ninth power tons) more than the previous year. To give an idea of the scale

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Scientists predict recurrence of the 2010 heat wave in Russia

American researchers called the heat "surprise" and came to the conclusion that at the end of the century the probability of such events will increase. Heat in Central Russia in the summer of 2010 was caused by a rare atmospheric phenomenon, rather than climate change. This is the conclusion reached by scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), who analyzed the atmospheric phenomena in Russia, the level of pollution by greenhouse gases and other factors with the help of 22 computer models.

A team of researchers led by Randall Dole and his colleagues at

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Belarus awarded Best Environmental among the countries of the CIS

BelaPAN reports that in 2010 Belarus awarded Best Environmental among the countries of the CIS.

Ranking 163 countries on environmental index (Environmental Performance Index) performed by scientists at Yale and Columbia universities, and posted on the official site of the former. The index is made on the basis of 25 criteria that cover the assessment of public health related to the environment, and healthy ecosystems countries. In drawing up the index takes into account the state of water, air, forests, agricultural practices, government policy on biodiversity, climate change, etc.

Belarus is the rating of 53rd position, Russia

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Scientists: the rate of melting of the polar ice is growing faster than mine

The rate of melting of the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland is growing three times faster than the rate of melting of mountain glaciers and polar ice will be a major factor in sea level rise much earlier than previously thought, researchers report in a paper published in Geophysical Research Letters.

The study's authors, Eric Rino (Eric Rignot) from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his colleagues compared the information on the melting of glaciers, obtained by two independent methods. The first is based on a comparison of radiosonde data glaciers European, Canadian and Japanese satellites, as well as calculations

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Arctic evaporate in three years

Abrupt changes in the weather — a bad sign. This was confirmed by U.S. scientists at NASA. They received from their satellite photographs of Arctic ice. Frightening picture — five years they became half. Scientists do not exclude that very soon the Earth's climate will change dramatically. Global warming, extreme weather events, the apocalypse — to arguments about climate change all have long been accustomed to, and often refer to them as it is to the argument. But now NASA specialists released satellite images, which are following the situation in the Arctic in the past five years. Ice did not

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Climate change impact on food security

Global warming has already affected the safety of the world's food supplies.

The situation in this area will only get worse, no matter what measures are taken, according to a professor of advertising, public relations and retailing at Michigan State University Ewen Todd.

"Accelerating climate change will inevitably affect the food around the world," said Todd. "Unfortunately, these effects are still not well understood."

One effect of Professor Todd calls spread pathogen Vibrio, which normally lives in warm ocean waters, but in recent years it is found in the north due toincrease in global temperaturewater, according toEurekAlert.

"When in 2005

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Each year in the Crimea there are new kinds of birds.

Scientists are scratching their heads — each year in the Crimea there are new kinds of birds. For some reason, migrating from Asia and Africa are changing their place of residence — is unknown. Someone thinks that man is to blame. Others believe that it is a common natural law.

— Now the Crimea nesting Red-rumped Swallow, who has not seen the last fifty years — told "Komsomolskaya Pravda" ornithologist, an expert on biodiversity, "Bird Conservation Society of Ukraine" Alexander Grinchenko. — This is totally alien to the peninsula form, since such birds live in the south — in the

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Peruvian potatoes went to Doomsday Vault

Located on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard seed collection, so-called "Doomsday Vault", enriched with seeds of varieties of Peruvian potatoes in 1500, according to the organization Global Crop Diversity Trust, which manages the collection.

"Doomsday Vault" was opened February 26, 2008. Its facilities were carved into the rock and is able to withstand a major earthquake or getting a nuclear bomb. Currently stored in Svalbard seed more than 525 thousand kinds of cereal, making it the world's largest repository of collection of agricultural crops.

"Peruvian potato in danger. Climate change and disease threaten traditional farming in the Peruvian Andes. Sending

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Warming eats territory of America

Rising sea levels caused by climate change may already be in 2100, threaten the very existence of the 180 U.S. coastal cities. This is stated in the new study, and emphasizes that the most severely affected Miami, New Orleans and Virginia Beach.

In previous studies on the probable rising waters by the end of this century and a mathematical model of expected volumes of sea level rise. But in the course of this analysis were used in the calculation of the city with a population of over 50,000 people in 48 states.

Cities along the southern coast of the Atlantic

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The new weather station will start in the summer in the Sayano-Shushenskoye reserve

Experts will establish automatic meteostantsiyuv Sayano-Shushenskoye Reserve (Krasnoyarsk region) in the summer of 2013 for the study of climate change in the alpine zone of the Western Sayan and the impact of these changes in the country, RIA Novosti reported reserve.

Automatic monitoring of air temperature, soil cover, solar radiation, wind speed and direction will be installed in May and June in a remote area of the reserve Chul-Aqsa.

"Alpine areas are very vulnerable and the most dependent on the climatic regime of the landscape and its fluctuations. Therefore, it is important continuous monitoring of weather events", — the sanctuary.

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