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Two-thirds of Chinese cities face water shortages

Two-thirds of Chinese cities lack water, said Sunday in Beijing, China's Minister of Water Resources Chen Lei.

According to the head of department, annual water shortage in China reached 40 billion cubic meters. Per capita in China is about 2220 cubic meters of renewable fresh water per year, which is only a quarter of the world average. According to authorities, about 400 out of 663 cities in China suffer from water scarcity. More than a hundred urban facilities are severely short of water, the minister said.

According to the research of two scientists from Niderldandov, climate change will affect mountain

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The water temperature in the North Atlatnike was the highest for the last 2000 years

German scientists from the Institute for the Study of the seas IFM-Geomar in Kiel (Germany) to reconstruct the temperature of water in the North Atlantic between Greenland and Spitsbergen, in the last 2000 years. It was found that during this period it increased by 2 degrees.

According to researcher Robert Shpilhagen, he and his colleagues managed based on the analysis of calcareous foraminifera remains of unicellular organisms living in the sea the Fram Strait between Greenland and Spitsbergen, to reconstruct the temperature of the sea water in the region over the past 2000 years. According Shpilhagena, average temperatures during the

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Climate overturned. Frozen Europe. The new theory

According to scientists, the melting of the ice leads to a sharp change in climatic conditions in Europe and the U.S., writes Corriere della Sera based on New York Times.

The mayor of Iqaluit, the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, had to cancel snowmobile parade, scheduled for New Year holidays. The reason: not enough snow. And on the other side of the American continent, in Georgia, who was used to the hot sun, people are forced to study in Atlanta unfamiliar work — snow removal. What's going on? — Asks the author.

"For the second year in a

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White bear in Alaska arranged a record 9-day swim

White Bear was forced to swim for nine days 687 kilometers in the Arctic Beaufort Sea in search of land or ice, an area greatly reduced due to climate change, according to an upcoming print issue of the journal Polar Biology. "Since the end of August 2008, when the bear was wearing a satellite collar, until the end of October of the same year, the female swam non-stop in the Beaufort Sea 687 miles in nine days and then intermittently swam and walked on the surface of the ice another 1,800 kilometers," — said in a published two years later,

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Extreme heat in Russia could be repeated

Last year's extreme heat, which was observed also in Russia in the near future can not be repeated again. This conclusion is contained in the report of UN experts. They stated that the year 2010 was the hottest on the planet in the history of weather observations, that is, over the last 120 years. In addition, unusually warm was all past decade. According to some scientists, it indicates global warming, which contributes to the development of industry and agriculture, deforestation and other human activities. Due to climate change are already almost 1.5 million square kilometers of area decreased polar ice.

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Climate warming in 2020 will make people go hungry every fifth

Researchers concluded that climate change caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will lead to food shortages as early as 2020 that the doom of every five people on Earth to starvation, the report says the nonprofit organization climatologists "Global Environment Facility." Currently suffers from a lack of food in the middle of every seven people on earth.

According to the findings of scientists, based on a synthesis of data published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global warming of the planet by the year 2020 due to the greenhouse effect will lead to

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Bedritsky headed the working group on climate change and sustainable development

Presidential Advisor, Special Representative of the President for Climate Alexander Bedritsky led interagency working group under the presidential administration on climate change and sustainable development, told RIA Novosti on CAO.

"Yesterday there was an order of the President on the interagency working group under the presidential administration on issues related to climate change and sustainable development," — said the agency interlocutor.

According to her, Bedritsky head the new workgroup information about its other possible participants yet.

Alexander Bedritsky, the former head of Hydromet and Honorary President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the head of the Russian delegation to the

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Mass mortality of crabs in England

40 Thousands of dead crabs washed ashore on the beaches of Palm Bay and Margate, presumably they died from hypothermia, as December was colder than usual and blocked the 120 year record cold in these latitudes.

Piles of rotting corpses crustaceans washes ashore with every tide. Currently establishing the cause of their death, deals with all versions. Samples for research.

Expert in the field of environmental protection Farooq Farooq Mulla said that the cause of death was what the disease or virus. More than 40 million dead crabs — Britain's largest crab have contaminated

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Geneticists have shown that Amazonian trees survive warming

Trees of the Amazon forest is likely to disappear as a result of global warming, as eight million years have often experienced the "heating" of the planet three degrees Celsius, experts predict that by 2100, according to a paper published in the journal Ecology and Evolution.

According to experts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the average global temperature in 2100 will rise by three degrees Celsius. Previously it was thought that such a "warm up", will lead to the inevitable extinction of unique forests of Amazonia, which, along with the Siberian taiga considered "green lungs of the

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Desertification in China have put about half of the country

According to the latest results of the monitoring of soil in China, found that almost half of the land in the country was subjected to desertification and opeschanivaniyu, in some areas, the situation in recent years has deteriorated. Deputy Head of the State Forestry Administration Zhu Leke January 4 reported that they spent a quarter-scale research and obtained data on the extent of desertification and land opeschanivaniya from the beginning of 2005 to the end of 2009.

According to the results of monitoring, desertification underwent 2,623,700 square meters. miles of land, and opeschanivaniyu 1,731,100 square meters. km of land, which

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