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What future for India's monsoons in a warmer world?
Climate change poses different problems in different parts of the world. In India one pressing concern is the impact of global warming on the precious monsoon rains, as Sunita Narain explains in these extracts from the latest editorial comment in the magazine Down to Earth. ... more

'Africa must plan for climate change'
by Lori Pottinger

Africa already has extreme variability of rainfall, and an uneven distribution of water resources. Climate change is expected to increase this variability, with direct impact on river flows and rain-fed agriculture. New policies towards water use on the continent are urgently needed says Lori Pottinger. ... more

Keeping the lights on
by Walt Patterson

Walt Patterson has devoted much of his life to the problems of energy. Now he has put together, in an important new book, his definitive thoughts on sustainable energy in a world threatened by climate change and declining oil supplies. In this exclusive article for Planet 21, he sets out the book's central message: 'energy policy means infrastructure policy.' ... more

Katrina signals start of climate exodus
by Lester R. Brown

Those of us who track the effects of global warming had assumed that the first large flow of climate refugees would probably be in the South Pacific with the abandonment of Tuvalu or other low-lying islands. We were wrong. The first massive movement of climate refugees has been that of people away from the Gulf Coast of the United States. ... more

Measuring the true cost of heat waves
The recent heatwaves in Europe and California are a reminder that extreme weather events are expected to become ever more frequent as the planet heats up. But what were the real consequences of the last European heat wave in 2003? Health officials now believe they were even more serious than previously thought. Janet Larsen reports. ... more

Warming Siberia could change the planet
by Joshua K Hartshorne

The Lena River is the ninth-longest river in the world and it flows through one of the world�s iciest lands, where the sun is seldom seen during winter. Nearly 80 per cent of the watershed is continuous permafrost � earth that never thaws fully, even in summer. However, climate change is reaching this remote outpost; with consequences not just locally but, probably, for the rest of the world as well. ... more

'Climate change is undeniably real, caused by human activities, and has serious consequences'
by Lord Robert May

In his final address as Present of the Royal Society, Britains national academy of Science, Lord May pulls no punches in warning about the dangers of runaway greenhouse gas emissions. The following excerpt on climate change is taken from the Annual Anniversary Address given by Lord May. ... more

Katrina comes home to roost

by Sidney Blumenthal

President Bush is to blame for the scale of the disaster as a result of his administration's policies and actions, says former Clinton adviser, Sidney Blumenthal. ... more

The business of climate change

by Darryl d�Monte

This commentary on the recent agreement by six countries (India, China, the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea) to co-operate in a pact to combat climate change - outside the Kyoto Protocol - is by Darryl d�Monte, founder President of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists. ... more

Ice is melting everywhere
Recent research by the British Antarctic Survey has found that 87 per cent of the Antarctic glaciers are shrinking as the climate warms (see ). But says Danielle Massey of the Earth Policy Institute, this is only one aspect of a global meltdown, with uncertain consequences, This is her report. ... more

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