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Warming's impacts sped up, worsened since Kyoto

Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press reviews the increasing impacts of global warming since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997

  • Temperatures over the past 12 years are .4 of a degree warmer than in the 12 years leading up to 1997
  • The level of carbon dioxide in the air has increased 6.5% since when the agreement was signed in December 1997
  • World sea level has risen by approximately 1 1/2 inches

An excerpt of the article is below. CLICK HERE to read the full story at the Associated Press.

Warming's impacts sped up, worsened since Kyoto
By Seth Borenstein
The Associated Press
November 23, 2009

Since the 1997 international accord to fight global warming, climate change has worsened and accelerated Ñ beyond some of the grimmest of warnings made back then.

As the world has talked for a dozen years about what to do next, new ship passages opened through the once frozen summer sea ice of the Arctic. In Greenland and Antarctica, ice sheets have lost trillions of tons of ice. Mountain glaciers in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa are shrinking faster than before.

CLICK HERE to read the full story at the Associated Press.

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