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Scientists have observed the summer about 60 humpback whales near the Commander Islands

Scientists have observed this summer about 60 species of humpback whales during seasonal migration of animals near the Commander Islands, which is almost three times higher than the observations in the previous ten years.

"Usually during spring migration (to the Aleutian Islands — Ed.) There are about 15-20 individuals, and this year, at the end of June, the islands we saw up to 60 individuals. This was the first time in ten years. Likely migration path This year was close to Commander "- said RIA Novosti party year-round in the Commander Islands expedition Sciences to study animals of the

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Climate change has always existed

Ancient pollen and charcoal preserved deep in the rocks of the Nile Delta, suggests that ancient droughts and fires have occurred in the region, including the great drought 4200 years ago during the construction of the pyramids.

"Humanity has great experience of survival in a changing climate," — said the American researcher Christopher Bernhard. In addition, his research draws parallels between the evolution of the society dictated by climate variability at different scales, as for 10 years, and throughout the century. The study, published in the July issue of the journal Geology, was made by two scientists, K.

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Kyrgyzstan is concerned about the continuing decline of glaciers

Ongoing global climate change may lead to the complete disappearance of mountain glaciers of the Tien Shan within the next 90 years, said Wednesday in a speech at an international conference in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Tayirbek Sarpashev.

"Kyrgyzstan — a mountainous country, in which about 94% of the territory is vulnerable in a warming mountain ecosystems. During the last 100 years the average annual temperature in the country has increased by 0.8 degrees, which is higher than the global average. Such dynamics of growth temperature will reduce glaciers by 50 percent by 2050, and to the 2100-th — in

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Climate change promotes the spread of infectious diseases

According to one study, global warming and other changes in the Earth's climate will significantly change the nature of human infections and the spread of diseases in animals. The change in temperature will greatly affect the biological response as a carrier, and themselves germs or viruses.

Scientists have managed to find an example of such changes. In Latin America, live frog species whose population began to decrease, as a species has become sensitive to the killing of frogs fungus. With climate change, immunity frogs stopped working in the usual way and missed the alien organism through their barriers. Algorithm

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Fires in Southeast Asia take away lives of 15 thousand during the El Niño

According to scientists, forest fires in Southeast Asia each year take the life of 15,000 people when the El Niño phenomenon covers the region. The death of so many people due to severe air pollution to the local increase in the concentration of ozone, which are stress factors, such as the heart and to the lungs.

U.S. scientists Environment analyzed the levels of harmful particles in the air in the south-east Asia in the period from 1997 to 2006. It should be noted that the fires caused by farmers to clear fields and forests occur in the region each

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Disaster particularly seriously affected the Asian cities

Deadly floods, power outages, endless traffic jams — all a result of rapid economic development, extreme weather conditions and migration of rural residents to cities. Accordingly, the absence of a competent strategic development plan, a minor investment in infrastructure and the lack of political will has meant that large cities are critically vulnerable to climate change.

Over the last few years in Bangkok and Manila hit by severe floods for decades, while India was the world's largest power outage due to queries raised by the burgeoning industry, a growing number of houses and offices. This is a situation

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Expo-2012 in Yeosu, South Korea

From May 12 to August 12, 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea, held the International Exhibition "Expo-2012" on the theme "The Living Ocean and the coastal zone." The exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on the ocean and the islands and the international recognition of their role. The main message of the exhibition was the welfare of mankind, which is associated with the state of the oceans at risk. Sea level rise, loss of biodiversity, ocean acidification, and pollution — some of the many problems that threaten the seas and coasts. Restoring sustainable life in the marine environment

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Climate change threatens California Hydropower

California scientists who conducted the study of the effect of climate change on production, demand and price of hydropower, said he expects a significant change in the quantitative and temporal characteristics of the flow of water in the state. Because of the dry and hot climate state will receive less rainfall, with most of them in the form of rain, which significantly affect the operation of hydroelectric plants.

Distribution of hydropower in California. On average, about 15% are in California produce hydroelectric power is a cheap and relatively clean source of energy. About 75% of high-yield energy stations,

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Birds of Britain run by climate change in the reserve — scientists

Specially protected natural areas are the "climate refuge" for many species of birds and insects UK — escaping from the usual environmental conditions change, these types of first learn exactly reserves of the country, according to an article published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

One of the consequences of climate change is considered a "flight" of many species of animals and plants — shift the boundaries of their habitat due to changes in usual conditions, in particular the growth of the average temperature. A team led by Chris Thomas (Chris Thomas) in August 2011, published

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Infected trees can become a new source of greenhouse gas emissions

According to a study at Yale School of Forestry, infected trees in the woods can be a significant source of methane — a greenhouse gas that affects climate change. 60 trees studied at Yale Forest in northeastern Connecticut in methane concentration in 80 000 times higher than normal. The normal concentration of methane in the atmosphere is 0.0002%, but Yale researchers found that the concentration of infected trees averaged 1.5%.

The head of the research group, Christopher Covey stressed that such a concentration of methane is flammable. Since the conditions that promote the development of methane in the trees,

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