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Nov 24, 2007
GOD HELP AUSTRALIA AND THE PLANET WITH A CHANGE OF GOVERMENT TODAY
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Sep 25, 2007
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RISE UP PEOPLE
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Mary O'Kane
September 25, 2007

Even China has encouraged the junta to introduce democracy.

FOR the past 11 years, Aung San Suu Kyi has lived under house arrest, completely isolated except for her live-in maid, a doctor's monthly visits and her jailers. On Sunday, she was joined by more than a thousand monks, who filed past the house that has become her jail in a show of support for the democracy movement that she has led for nearly 20 years. In a rare moment of near freedom, "the Lady", as she is known, was able to come out of the house to pay respect to the monks before being ushered back inside.

As tensions grow around the country, the symbolism of monks in their thousands walking towards and joining the leader of the democratically elected political party, the National League for Democracy, sends the strongest possible message to Burma's ruling military junta and the international community: Burma's people want democracy now.

With its pivotal position in the region, Australia can play an important role in making this happen. Despite widespread statements from countries all over the world, Australia's politicians remain devastatingly mute on the plight of Burma's people.

Buddhist monks have been protesting in Burma's cities since September 17, having called a Pattanikuzana, an excommunicative boycott including the refusal of alms from military officials and their families. This is the third time in Burma's modern history the Sangha (Burma's Buddhist institution) has taken such drastic action. As the ruling military junta draws political legitimacy from "sponsoring" Buddhism in Burma, the Sangha's boycott is a powerful non-violent challenge to military authority performed on behalf of the civilian population. In support, crowds of thousands attend these marches. Their presence gives support while their numbers provide a protective gaze, and sometimes human chains, to stave off violent attack. Monks, civilians and the military junta all recognise that street protests have now grown past a point of no return.

The protests were triggered by unannounced and immediate fuel price rises introduced on August 15. More than 200 protesters and leaders have been detained since the protests started four days later.

Concern for the safety of all detained is acute, as torture and the denial of health care are routine practices of the regime. Four key leaders from the bloody 1988 protests — Ko Min Ko Naing, Ko Mya Aye, Ko Jimmy and Ko Kyaw Kyaw Htwe — were admitted to hospital days ago for torture-related injuries during military interrogation.

The regime has funnelled a massive 40 per cent of the national budget into the 400,000-strong military to continue civil war at the expense of developing the country's human resources. Through this, coupled with astoundingly gross economic mismanagement, the military regime has run the country into the ground.

Crippling poverty, civil war, political oppression and incompetent governance characterise Burma today.

Student-led uprisings in August 1988 resulted in the massacre of as many as 10,000 peaceful protesters and the imprisonment of thousands more. An estimated 10,000 student protesters fled to border areas to join already long-fighting ethnic insurgent groups. During this time, Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi rose to lead the pro-democracy movement, only to be placed under house arrest in 1989.

After 20 years of struggle, the political front line has shifted from soldiers versus students to civil society groups versus plain-clothed sections of the military. But the fight is the same. The people are demanding the right to be free from brutal beatings, rape, torture and the murder of their families.

Make no mistake; the junta is preparing its violent crackdown. Military presence has been reportedly intensified in every town and village where protests have been held. On September 5, soldiers fired warning shots at a protest by 500 monks, seriously beating three and detaining six, an event attributed to mass mobilising the Sangha.

This was recognised as a thinly veiled reminder by the regime of the 1988 violence.

A Burma analyst has warned that the large involvement of the Buddhist Sangha signals a major increase in the level of protest, and thus an increased potential for significant state violence to occur.

International responses to these events have been numerous. Statements have been released by the United States, Britain, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Sweden, Canada and Denmark. Several countries, including Indonesia, have urged China and India, the regime's closes allies, to put weight on Burma's generals. In a surprise move, a Chinese diplomat publicly expressed concern: "China wholeheartedly hopes that Myanmar will push forward a democracy process that is appropriate for the country."

The United Nations Secretary-General, UN Human Rights Commissioner and various UN special envoys have all expressed concern. Though a UN resolution on Burma was vetoed in January by China and Russia, the shift in Chinese attitude towards Burma could potentially contribute to a different outcome in the future.

In this atmosphere of international concern, the Australian Government is notable for its silence. Added international scrutiny of Burma's streets, prisons and interrogation centres can be the difference between achieving political openness and a repeat of the bloodshed of 1988.

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Lets change the world.MASS MIGRATION

Climate Change

It is generally agreed by scientists, politicians and governments that climate change will bring about mass migration for several reasons. Regardless of the cause of climate change, which most scientists regard as being part of the Earth’s and the Solar System’s long term cyclic behavour, but which the politicians and governments regard as being largely of human causation, there is a common consensus on this migration issue.

The three key forces which will trigger this mass migration are water scarcity, coastal flooding (water levels rising) and food scarcity, all of which are to an extent inter-linked.

“A billion people - one in seven people on Earth today - could be forced to leave their homes over the next 50 years as the effects of climate change worsen an already serious migration crisis, a new report from Christian Aid predicts.”

Climate change to force mass migration
May 14th 2007
http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2078839,...

Climate change: water and food shortages will cause mass migration, but biofuels not the answer, says Christian Aid - June 1st 2007
http://www.irc.nl/page/36197

Action now, or mass climate refugees inevitable - 20 June 2007
http://www.climatechangecorp.com/content.asp?ContentID=48...


Global Warming is one of those longer term events which tend to slowly change our world in irredeemable ways and simultaneously escape our normal crisis intervention mentality of dealing with problems.

There is, for example, the experiment whereby rats are kept in a closed environment, an environment which slowly deteriorates as the air becomes less clean, the water less palatable, the population density increasing to the point of over stressing the most medicated rat, and slowly but surely the rats find themselves with little or no notice of any problems. Until one day, they all die. Their environment has done them in without them ever having had a clue as to their inevitable fate.

A larger scale experiment has been ongoing for decades in what is known as the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area, with the same parameters of increasing pollution and decreasing quality of life.

But the really big scale event is worldwide. And unlike the rat cage (or by another name Los Angeles), there is no escape from the world environment. Worse yet, the time scale of when global warming is now expected to impact the world in a very substantial way is now a matter of only ten to twenty years!

Global warming is, in fact, according to the Chief Scientist of England: "the most severe problem we are facing today, more serious even than the threat of terrorism." Sir David King has gone on to note that "without immediate action flooding, drought, hunger and debilitating diseases such as malaria would hit millions of people around the world." [1]

In the United States, the Pentagon (Department of Defence ) chimed in with its own dire warnings that, according to Environmental Media Services, provided, "An imminent scenario of catastrophic climate change is 'lausible and would challenge the United States national security in ways that should be considered immediately.'" "The report does not purport to be a forecast, but it identifies a plausible scenario in which global warming disrupts ocean currents that help moderate climate in North America and Europe, causing a five degree Fahrenheit drop in parts of North America by 2020 and a six degree drop in Northern Europe. It says global warming 'should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a U. S. national security concern.''

The report specifically states that "the result [of global warming] could be a significant drop in the human carrying capacity of the Earth's environment." This includes "drops in some regions of 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit in a single decade." Similar climatic pattern changes can last for as much as a century as occurred 8,200 years ago, and as much as a thousand years (during the Younger Dryas era which began 12,700 years ago). [2]

The latter date is intriguing in that according to Sumerian and Biblical sources, during the time of Noah (whose very name means "respite") there was an excruciatingly long drought as the geographic poles -- as opposed to those people living in Poland -- gathered in his frozen ice packs most of fresh water and thus denied it to the normal hydrological cycle of evaporation, rain, runoff, evaporation.

Meanwhile, the future according to the Guardian is more likely to consist of "rioting and nuclear war" as the world struggles for very limited resources -- a scenario which the Pentagon Report's Executive Summary specifically notes that "Unlikely alliances could be formed as defence priorities shift and the goal is resources for survival rather than religion, ideology, or national honor." [Emphasis added] The Guardian goes on to say that:

"Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters." "The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water, and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism..."

What is being done about it? In the United States the Bush Administration is ignoring the warnings from its own Department of Defence. Furthermore, the Bu****es are more prone to diligently work to suppress any and all science which does not agree with its own theology or corporate interests. Meanwhile, "according to Randall and Schwartz, the planet is carrying a higher population than it can sustain. By 2020 'catastrophic' shortages of water and energy supply will become increasingly harder to overcome, plunging the planet into war. They warn that 8,200 years ago climatic conditions brought widespread crop failure, famine, disease and mass migration of populations that could soon be repeated."



Kate Ravilious has noted [3] that "viruses hidden for thousands of years may thaw and escape and we will have no resistance to them." This problem, in addition to everything else, comes about because fungi, bacteria, and viruses were likely incorporated in the freezing process when ice sheets were formed -- the same ice sheets now melting.

Dry/Ice : Global Warming revealed
September 2004
http://www.newconnexion.net/article/09-04/globalwarming.h...

Thirsty Invaders, Chasing Heat
19th July 2004
http://www.swans.com/library/art10/mgarci18.html




THERE IS NO PREVENTION :

There is "NO" such thing as "prevention" of the coming earth changing events. Why the global warming/’human causation’ army choose to present this false information is still unfolding and yet to be fully revealed. However their reasons include: money, enslavement and the fear of mass panic before they are ready to deal with it.

Regarding the money, it's just another "lets make it while we can" mentality. I would surmise it is not hard to believe as we watch the fuel prices go up every week for "no apparent reason whatsoever". Also, this is linked into their justification of the ongoing belligerence and genocide they are causing in Iraq and the Middle East, part of the ploy to get Joe Public on their side because of rising oil prices. The enslavement reason is self-explanatory and the third reason, fear of mass panic is the governmental fear of "anarchy" and rebellion. If the world's population had knowledge that severe and unstoppable earth changing events are ahead, what measure would need to be taken to control the masses?

The IPCC not only know that climate change is "unpreventable", they also know that "mass migration" is imminent. So why pretend the current warming trend is "preventable" spending billions on a red hearing? The answer can only be 'greed' and 'fear' – Greed generates many more billions for them and fear justifies martial law, security responses etc.


Security Issue

A security issue

Western governments are increasingly aware of climate change as a security issue. Britain's foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, has highlighted the threat of climate change to the UN Security Council and said it was an underlying factor in the Darfur crisis with the potential to escalate many other existing conflicts. "In climate change we have a new and potentially disastrous dynamic," she said.

Climate change may force mass migration
June 11th, 2007
http://www.religiousconsultation.org/News_Tracker/climate...

Bush majors in suppression of Science
March 11th, 2004
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fe20040311sh.html

Dramatic climate change could become Global Security nightmare - February 24th, 2004
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0224-01.htm


Now what caused panic among governments and politicians was the famous Schwartz/Randall Report produced for the US Dept. of Defence and immediately buried by them. You will see many references to this EMS or Schwartz/Randall report on the Internet but most links have been shut down.

However, the following articles will put you in the picture on this:

An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications For United States National Security October 2003
http://www.innovation-enterprise.com/6.2/6.2.363.php

A Worst-case scenario – Are We Ready?
March 28th 2005
http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096410632

You will see from this site below that the download link does not work, BUT if you go to the French version, then you can still download it there, in French of course:

An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications For United States National Security - By Peter Schwartz and Doug Randall – pdf
October 2003
http://www.paxhumana.info/article.php3?id_article=429


Here are some other related sites:

Global Warming : Implications for U.S. Foreign Policy
http://www.net.org/policy/global_warming/pdf/gw_policy_im... pdf

Now the Pentegon tells Bush : Climate Change Will Destroy Us - Feb 22nd 2004
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903...

Pentegon Says Global Warming Is A Critical National Security Issue - January 26th, 2004
http://reclaimdemocracy.org/articles_2004/pentagon_report...


Bush Suppressing Pentegon Report on Global Warming Disaster - Feb 22nd 2004
http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=5019



(Try to find a copy of the Schwartz/Randall Report which was quashed by the Bush administration and the Pentagon – although it was commissioned by them!).

If you can’t find it, then I can offer you this:

The report quoted: "Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life.... Once again, warfare would define human life."

Its authors -- Peter Schwartz, a CIA (news - web sites) consultant and former head of planning at Royal Dutch/Shell Group, and Doug Randall of Global Business Network based in California -- said climate change should be considered "immediately" as a top political and military issue.


It "should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a US national security concern", they were quoted as saying.

Some examples given of probable scenarios in the dramatic report include:

-- Britain will have winters similar to those in current-day Siberia as European temperatures drop off radically by 2020.

-- by 2007 violent storms will make large parts of the Netherlands uninhabitable and lead to a breach in the acqueduct system in California that supplies all water to densely populated southern California

-- Europe and the United States become "virtual fortresses" trying to keep out millions of migrants whose homelands have been wiped out by rising sea levels or made unfarmable by drought.

-- "catastrophic" shortages of potable water and energy will lead to widespread war by 2020.


Randall, one of the authors, called his findings "depressing stuff" and warned that it might even be too late to prevent future disasters.

"We don't know exactly where we are in the process. It could start tomorrow and we would not know for another five years," he told the paper.

Experts familiar with the report told the newspaper that the threat to global stability "vastly eclipses that of terrorism".

Taking environmental pollution and climate change into account in political and military strategy is a new, complicated and necessary challenge for leaders, Randall said.

"It is a national security threat that is unique because there is no enemy to point your guns at and we have no control over the threat," he said.



Here is an edited copy of the Pentagon Report:

An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and it`s Implications for United States National Security - October 2004 - By Peter Schwartz and Doug Randall
http://www.shuartfarm.fsnet.co.uk/nature/pentagon_report....

Note the flow diagram in this report; this is the crux of the science underlying all the fears.


The widely accepted scientific projections are grave. The poorest populations will suffer earliest and worst. Many are already struggling to cope with extreme climates with little governmental support. Populations in the Indian subcontinent, China, and the Andes region of South America are particularly vulnerable to the melting of glaciers that serve as regional water supplies. Such melting will result in increased flooding, and, ultimately, extreme water shortages. Declining crop yields across the already hot and dry African continent could leave hundreds of millions without the means to produce food. Coastal populations throughout Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Pacific, as well as in large cities such as New York, London, Cairo and Tokyo, are considered vulnerable to permanent displacement by the middle of the century.

Without elaborating on these potential human catastrophes, Beckett alluded to the UK Treasury’s recent Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change, which warned that climate change would almost certainly cause global economic convulsions “on a scale similar to those associated with the great wars and the economic depression of the first half of the 20th century.” “That alone will inevitably have an impact on the security of all of us—developed and developing countries alike,” she said. Most UN member countries were in agreement that this presented significant risks to political and economic stability.


Climate Change seen as `Security Threat` by UN Security Council, U.S. military experts
24th April 2007
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2007/apr2007/clim-a24.shtml


………………………….

So, what has happened is that governments having been made aware of the possible SUDDEN changes in climate and their implications have shifted this issue from an environmental (eg Kyoto) to a TOP SECURITY issue because of the inevitable mass migrations which will take place, mass migrations which will threaten Western nations and Western governments. This is covered in depth in many secret government reports (US, EU etc.) since the 2003 report, and the IPCC has been tasked with coordination governments’ work on this while putting on a ‘climate change/human causation’ front.


Why is it such a security threat? Because there will be millions of people on the move from Asia and elsewhere, and AT THE SAME TIME, scientists are now believing that the North Atlantic will bear a major part of the catastrophic brunt caused by climate change and that there will be staggering problems here in the Western world, particularly North America and Europe.


If you add to this the possibility of sudden and considerable rises in sea levels and the mass migration caused by that here in Europe and the US to the more global migration, you can see the scope of the chaos and mayhem which will lead to wars and anarchy.

NOW, on top of all of this, there is a very dark and realistic scientific follow-on, and that is that the scientists are now looking into models of what they call TIPPING POINTS. These are scientific scenarios where things which are happening rapidly anyway, could happen VERY suddenly, in a matter of 2, 3 or 5 years with terrifying results – a bit like pouring sand onto a horizontal balanced see-saw and then suddenly, without warning, that side goes down.

See:

Violent conflict an inevitable result of climate change - 1st February 2007
http://www.international-alert.org/press/article.php?id=1...

UN Experts Prescribe Global Policy Overhall To Avoid Looming Mass Migrations - 30th June 2007
http://www.huliq.com/26052/un-experts-prescribe-global-po...



SUMMARY :

The mass migrations will start in Asia and the third world caused by water shortages and food scarcity and impending dangers (tsunamis, water level changes). The US and EU regard this scenario as one of TOP security as they need to defend their borders and their own resources. At the same time, climate change events here in America and Europe (North Atlantic) will bring about our ‘own’ mass migrations for similar reasons and also because of water level rises. Mass panic and mayhem is a probable outcome with endemic crime, violence, breakdown of societies and disease and added to that war, both localised and between the developed and less developed world.

The scientists and hence the governments are VERY worried about these ‘tipping points’, but they do not know when they will occur. The people of Indonesia did not know in advance of the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami several years ago either.

Hence these ‘exercises’ being planned for next month and the general shift towards Martial Law. All the advice from the Pentagon to the US Administration, and also here within the EU is that they should initiate martial law well in advance of any predicted scenario so that they have a chance of containing things. They feel that if they cam move first, then they will retain the ‘upper hand’.

   

2  |  Posted by:  justforfun  at  10 Sep 2007 12:31
Just had to check, it's not April 1 today?
   

3  |  Posted by:  Do_Not_Be_Deceived  at  10 Sep 2007 12:46
You cannot possibly have studied it in less than 5 minutes.

Clearly you have not read how SCIENTISTS, military and other EXPERTS are extremely concerned.

Of course, if you have made any slight attempt to have studied HISTORY - you will know that MASS MIGRATIONS have been quite common place throughout the ages.
That is how mankind has managed to survive vast climatic events and more.

The difference now being : our earth is now over-populated, and unlike our migrating ancestors, we are tied to homes, mortgages, employment, schools and so many other things.

In the past, our ancestors just upped roots and MOVED to where the climate was more temporate.

Another important factor being, our ancestors had many SKILLS which we have lost.
We have become accustomed to a life of comfort, and where our next meal can be bought from the local Tesco, Asda, Morrisons etc., and where our clothes can be purchased at the local stores.

Our ancestors relied solely on `HUNTING` SKILLS for food and clothes.

Perhaps I should have better titled this article to read : WAKE UP BRITS - YOUR COMFORT LIFE IS OVER.

The BIGGEST `April fools` (as you appear to infer) will be all those who lose their lives because they chose to live in total ignorance.



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Natasha Wallace Health Reporter
August 31, 2007

LET them eat dirt - or at least crawl around in it.

That is the message from a juvenile diabetes group after Australia's first national trends survey of children with type 1 diabetes showed a significant jump in cases of the disease among those aged 14 and under.

Australia already has a high incidence of type 1 diabetes in children in worldwide comparisons and the culprit may be an increasingly sterile environment.

About 6100 children aged 14 and under developed type 1 diabetes over a seven-year period, with the rate of new cases increasing significantly between 2000 and 2005 from 19 to 23 per 100,000, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The report, National Diabetes Register - a statistical profile 1999-2005, profiled the 76,124 people who began using insulin to treat all types of diabetes during this period.

Type 1 diabetes accounts for 18 per cent of cases, type 2 for almost 70 per cent and gestational diabetes for 11 per cent. For type 1, 45 per cent of people registered were 14 or under.

A co-author of the report, Anne-Marie Waters, said yesterday the reason for the increase in this group was not established but there were various theories on environmental factors, such as the "hygiene hypothesis".

The CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mike Wilson, had no doubt that changing environment was the key. "We know type 1 is a combination of a genetic predisposition and an environmental trigger. We know that people's genes haven't changed over this period, so it must be due to changes in the environment," he said.

"We all live really hygienic lives and we don't eat dirt or fall out of trees as often as we used to and so a person with an immune system that may be prone to malfunction may not get trained and strengthened early in life.

"The Western world, particularly Australia, the US and Scandinavia, have much higher rates of type 1 diabetes than second or third world countries.

"It reinforces the fact that the triggers for type 1 diabetes are very different from those for type 2 and addressing the so-called diabetes epidemic requires different strategies for different diseases."

A 2006 International Diabetes Federation report showed that Finland had the highest rate of type 1 with 41.4 new cases per 100,000 people a year, followed by Sweden (31.7) and Norway (27.9). Australia, with 21.8 new cases, ranked sixth, ahead of Germany (18), Singapore (2.5), Mexico (1.5) and China (0.1).

The report also showed there were 150 new cases over the seven years of insulin-treated type 2 diabetes in children 14 or under and more than 700 cases in those aged 15 to 24.
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Arctic Melting Fast 12:Scientists have determined that the ice in Greenland and the Arctic is melting so rapidly that much of it could be gone by the end of the century. (See photos from the Arctic.)

The results could be catastrophic for polar people and animals, while low-lying lands as far away as Florida could be inundated by rising sea levels. (Read a story, see a map of how warming may toast Florida's coast).

The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment was released yesterday. It will be discussed by the Arctic Council (the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden, and the U.S., as well as six indigenous-peoples organizations) at a meeting in Iceland today. < /p>

The four-year study of the Arctic climate involved an international team of more than 300 scientists. They used a number of climate models and made a "moderate estimate" of future emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are widely believed to be contributing to the recent warming trend of the Earth's climate.

The study concluded that in Alaska, western Canada, and eastern Russia, average temperatures have increased as much as 4 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit (3 to 4 degrees Celsius) in the past 50 years, nearly twice the global average. Temperatures are projected to rise 7 to 13 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 7 degrees Celsius) over the next hundred years.

The rising temperatures are likely to cause the melting of at least half the Arctic sea ice by the end of the century. A significant portion of the Greenland ice sheet—which contains enough water to raise the worldwide sea level by about 23 feet (about 7 meters)—would also melt.

The consequences of such a massive meltdown of northern ice would be dramatic, according to the study.

• Low-lying coastal areas in Florida and Louisiana could be flooded by the sea. A 1.5 feet (50-centimeter) rise in sea level could cause the coastline to move 150 feet (45 meters) inland, resulting in substantial economic, social, and environmental impact in low-lying areas.

• The health and food security of some indigenous peoples would be threatened, challenging the survival of some cultures.

• Should the Arctic become ice-free in summer, it is likely that polar bears and some seal species would become extinct.

• The melting of so much ice, and the resulting addition of so much fresh water to the ocean, could impact the circulation of currents and affect regional climate. Susan Joy Hassol is an independent global warming analyst and author of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) synthesis report Impacts of a Warming Arctic.

The assessment was four years in the making, made possible by the work of some 300 scientists from nations around the world.

"We found that scientific observations and those of indigenous people over many generations are meshing," Hassol said from her Denver office. "Sea ice is retreating, glaciers are reducing in size, permafrost is thawing, all [these indicators] provide strong evidence that it has been warming rapidly in the Arctic in recent decades."

As the Arctic evolves, climate around the world may be severely altered.

"The Arctic is the air conditioner for the world and we're looking at having a less efficient air conditioner," Hassol noted.

The report strived to stay out of the realm of policy but certainly gives decision makers some food for thought.

"I think that, from a scientific point of view, we try to present facts," she said. "It really is a fact that in order to slow climate ch ange we need to start now. A climate system is like a supertanker, you can't turn on a dime so you have to turn the wheel now to avoid that iceberg [far] ahead."

Mark Serreze is a polar sea ice expert at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He's seen dramatic Arctic changes over the past 25 years.

"What's really interesting is that the past three summers (2002, 2003, and 2004) have been characterized by record or near record minimums [of total Arctic sea ice area]," Serreze said. "It begs the question: Have we approached a threshold beyond which large parts of the ice are unable to survive the summer? We don't know."

Serreze believes the ACIA findings illustrate that at least some Arctic changes are due to global warming, but cautions that the extent is difficult to discern.

"The Arctic is changing and changing rapidly, there is absolutely no doubt about that," he said. "It's the attribution that is difficul t. You always have to remember the climate system, and the Arctic in particular, are inherently variable. It's difficult to separate natural variability from greenhouse gasses. It's not black-and-white."

People Are Already Affected

"The impacts of global warming are affecting people now in the Arctic," said Robert Corell, chairperson of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, in a news release. "The Arctic is experiencing some of the most rapid and severe climate change on Earth. The impacts of climate change on the region and the globe are projected to increase substantially in the years to come."

In a separate statement released with the assessment, the Arctic indigenous peoples said they are asking the eight Arctic countries to use the assessment to show leadership in the field of global warming.

"Everything is under threat," said Chief Gary Harrison of the Arctic Athabaskan Council. "Our home s are threatened by storms and melting permafrost, our livelihoods are th

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\\n  Cassandra Affective Disorder \\n\\n\\\"I ended up feeling that no one would listen to me and came up with a name for the \\\'syndrome\\\' that affects the non-AS spouse: The CASSANDRA PHENOMENON, Cassandra being the Greek mythological charact...
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\\nI have decided to look for any of my relatives, I am in australia, so anybody who has the names, Johnson, Terrett, and Cottam, or who knows someone, I would like to see if they are a relative.  I was born with the surname Johnson, My mothers ma...