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    Fw: [fuelcell-energy] ... World to face water crises tied to global warming Contributed by watersecretsblog.com Saturday, 04 March 2006 In the first
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      World to face water crises tied to global warming
      Contributed by watersecretsblog.com
      Saturday, 04 March 2006
      In the first comprehensive satellite survey of Antarctica, the ice
      sheets which comprise the world's largest reservoir of fresh water,
      are shriking at a rate faster than new snow can fall.
      Experts say increasing global temperatures, as like the 10 warmest
      years on record all have occurred since 1990, may be hastening the
      demise of the polar ice caps, and estimates of the pace of future sea-
      level rise could be too low.

      At the same time, Africa's rivers face dramatic disruption that will
      leave a quarter of the continent severely short of water by the end
      of the century, a separate study has found.

      An assessment of climate change on Africa's waterways revealed they
      are highly sensitive to shifts in rainfall patterns. Even modest
      decreases in rain in parts of Africa will mean rivers lose as much as
      80 per cent of their water, triggering a surge of what the scientists
      call "water refugees".

      Both studies were published in the journal Science on Thursday. The
      findings suggest that a century of steady increases in global
      temperatures has altered the seasonal balance of the world's water
      cycle, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

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