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Albatross global warming has benefited

Over the past two decades with the albatross of islands located on the border of the South Indian Ocean and gained weight about a kilogram. This was facilitated by changing the speed and direction of air masses caused by global warming.

Wandering albatross — one of the largest birds. Their weight can reach twelve pounds, and they have a wingspan of the largest of the birds — 3.5 meters. Natural enemies of these birds is little, and are a major threat to natural adversities, animals, people and birds that steal eggs from nests. In recent decades, the number of these

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Found a molecule that can freeze the planet

A molecule that can cause global cooling, is called "intermediate Krige," her missing for 62 years, since in 1949, the year of its existence suspected German physicistRudolph Krige, but until yesterday it continued to be elusive. Yesterday, the journal Science reported that the hunt for this bit of a success. Experts have called it the opening of a revolutionary breakthrough in the understanding of global climate change.

Intermediate — an intermediate product of a complex chain of chemical reactions, in this — in the atmosphere when exposed to light in the formation of ozone. Krige suggested that his potential

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Megacities heated air within a thousand kilometers

Large cities have giant "stove", able to increase the average temperature of one degree Celsius in the remote rural areas, even at a distance of several thousand miles away, indicating that the underestimation of the role of cities in climate change, climate scientists say in a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

"We found that the lost heat from the major cities, can heat up the atmosphere in remote regions from them. This phenomenon is due to changes in the circulation of air masses, which causes the release of excess heat in homes and other parts of the

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7 facts about climate change and hunger

Climate change and frequent natural disasters will fall heavily on the shoulders of the most vulnerable groups in society, many of which are on the verge of starvation. Photo: WFP / Matteo caravans.

Representatives from more than 200 countries met in Durban, South Africa, for high-level discussions of issues related to climate change. When it comes to protecting the most vulnerable segments of society against unpredictable weather conditions and natural disasters, anticipated by scientists around the world over the next years, the famine has become a key issue for discussion. Seven facts below, explain the situation. Durban

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Glaciers in the Andes were influenced by climate change

As tracked by researchers from Europe, South America and the U.S., the melting of glaciers in the tropical Andes are beginning to gather pace in the 1970s. Glaciers of the mountain range were reduced by 30-50%. Researchers blame the acceleration of the growth in global temperatures since the last 50 years, the air in this part of the planet has become warmer by about 0,7 ° C. In the near future, changes in the life of the glacier can strongly affect the indigenous people of the Andes, affecting the local water supply. The melting of ice seized all stocks of

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Spring in December: bloom seals, and psychologists warn of depression

— Snowdrops are not found, but seals also white and fluffy! Photos of Anton Lushchikov.

On Monday in the capital, the average day temperature was 9.3 degrees Celsius — is the highest average rate for the last 50 years. Naturally, the abnormally warm weather could not affect the plants that climate change is very sensitive. As our editor, which is capricious princess from a fairy tale "12 months", sent us in search of snowdrops … And it's in December!

First, we went around the Botanic Garden.

— We do not bloom — surprised our question in the Botanical

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The Sahel region of Africa is experiencing unprecedented warming and drought in 40 years

The Sahel region of Africa is experiencing unprecedented warming and drought in 40 years. This was stated today, scientists in the report "Safety of life support: climate change, migration and conflict in the Sahel", released at the ongoing Durban / South Africa / 17 conference, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change / UNFCCC /. They used a new surveying techniques to determine the most vulnerable areas in the Sahel — the area surrounding the Sahara desert.

In the 17 countries of the Sahel, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Chad, with 1970 registered significant changes in

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The UN is going to help Africa cope with the effects of climate change

The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres. Photo news.cri.cn

The Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres said today at the conference on climate change, held in Durban, in consultations on adaptation issues positive shift occurred. It is expected that in the near future results will be achieved, she said.

K. Figueres said at a press conference that currently the conference formed six working groups, which are improving the project to assist developing countries in building capacity to adapt, and soon will be received "strong and positive

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Mankind protects environment by only 12% of the land surface

Reserves cover only 12% of the land and 7.2% of coastal areas, said the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Monday.

More than 180,000 protected areas currently occupy 12% of the Earth's land area and 7.2% of coastal waters. They play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and help people adapt to climate change — leads IUCN log data Solutions.

As noted by an environmental organization, conservation areas absorb almost 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions. For example, taiga forest and peatland area of 1.63 million hectares in Russia's Komi Republic absorb about 71.5

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UN calls to prepare for an increase in natural disasters

Climate change has led to the need for revision of the Kyoto Treaty. Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström said that the government should be more carefully planned actions in the light of increased threat of natural disasters, especially in relation to climate change. Wallström, manage the operation of the UN Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), said in an interview with "Voice of America", which Asian governments need to improve the institutions that perform functions related to disaster preparedness and response, and more carefully plan of action that can be taken in

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