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  • Bill Glenn
    (Nancy, I don t know where you are with thw web-wrapping. Here are two Geo Change articles. 1) more calving of icebergs leading to an increase in sea levels 2)
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2000
      (Nancy, I don't know where you are with thw web-wrapping. Here are two
      Geo Change articles. 1) more calving of icebergs leading to an
      increase in sea levels 2) The national media is waking up about an
      uptick in the frequency of natural disasters.

      Large iceberg breaks free from Antarctica
      CNN.com, September 29, 2000

      An iceberg 10 times the size of Manhattan Island has broken free from
      Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf, The National Ice Center reported Friday.
      Iceberg B-20, as it is identified by the ice center, was discovered
      Wednesday by satellite monitoring. The exact date the 345-square-mile
      berg broke off the ice shelf could not be determined because of
      cloudiness in the area but it is thought to have been between Sept. 20
      and 26. The 30-mile-long, 11.5-mile-wide iceberg is in the Ross Sea,
      south of the Pacific Ocean. The Ross Ice Shelf, on the part of
      Antarctica closest to Australia and New Zealand, is one of two massive
      ice fields on the continent that have been the site of increased
      "calving" of huge icebergs. While Iceberg B-20 is large, it is dwarfed
      by others that have separated from the Ross and Ronne Ice Shelves in
      recent years. Many scientists have speculated that the increase in the
      separation of ice from the Antarctic continent is caused by
      human-induced global warming, but few claim firm scientific evidence
      to support that. Whatever the cause, the introduction of land-based
      ice from Antarctica into ocean waters could have some impact on sea
      levels. Marine safety experts warn that an increase in icebergs off
      Antarctica, in the North Atlantic and along cold-water shorelines like
      Alaska's Prince William Sound could raise the risk of ships colliding
      with icebergs. None of the Antarctic icebergs are currently in the
      path of heavily used shipping lanes.

      Report: Climate change causing jump in natural disasters
      Reuters, September 29, 2000

      LONDON -- Climate change is already increasing the frequency and
      intensity of natural disasters, and the trend is likely to continue
      according to a report released on Friday by the World Wide Fund for
      Nature. The report, "Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events," said
      global temperatures would increase, sea levels would rise, and few
      places in the world would be spared an increase in violent rainstorms,
      droughts, tropical cyclones and other climatic disruptions. Dr. Ute
      Collier, head of the WWF's Climate Change Program, said the evidence
      to show extreme weather was the result of global warming was
      overwhelming. "We got leading scientists to investigate (the evidence)
      -- we wanted scientists because they're often reluctant to link events
      such as more floods and the disappearance of Arctic ice to climate
      change -- and they've said that climate change is clearly having an
      impact on the frequency and intensity of natural disasters," Collier
      told BBC radio on Friday. The report was compiled for the WWF by Pier
      Vellings and Willem van Verseveld of the Institute of Environmental
      Studies at the Vrije University in Amsterdam, using observations and
      documents on climate patterns produced by various organizations over
      recent decades.

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