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Islands battle rising seas for survival
By Michael Perry
Tue Nov 22, 8:11 PM ET
The Carteret Islands are almost invisible on a map of the South Pacific, but the horseshoe scattering of atolls is on the front-line of climate change, as rising sea levels and storm surges eat away at their existence.

For 20 years, the 2,000 islanders have fought a losing battle against the ocean, building sea walls and trying to plant mangroves. Each year, the waves surge in, destroying vegetable gardens, washing away homes and poisoning freshwater supplies.

Papua New Guinea's Carteret islanders are destined to become some of the world's first climate change refugees. Their islands are becoming uninhabitable, and may disappear below the waves.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1546797,00.html


Warming hits 'tipping point'

Siberia feels the heat
It's a frozen peat bog the size of France and Germany combined, contains billions of tonnes of greenhouse gas and, for the first time since the ice age, it is melting

Ian Sample, science correspondent
Thursday August 11, 2005

Guardian

A vast expanse of western Sibera is undergoing an unprecedented thaw that could dramatically increase the rate of global warming, climate scientists
warn today.

Researchers who have recently returned from the region found that an area of permafrost spanning a million square kilometres - the size of France and
Germany combined - has started to melt for the first time since it formed 11,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age.

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