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Be it in the oceans, on the land, or in the air and from the American breadbasket to the Siberian icy forests, to the land down under. global warming is occurring rapidly, right before our eyes. Only the self-absorbed or the intentionally blind fail to see it underway. Here is but a few spots at a brief point in time, and their cousins are expected to be repeated near endlessly.

Phoenix in the Climate Crosshairs

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Phoenix’s pyramid of complexities looks shakier than most because it stands squarely in the crosshairs of climate change. The area, like much of the rest of the American Southwest, is already hot and dry; it’s getting ever hotter and drier, and is increasingly battered by powerful storms. Sandy and Katrina previewed how coastal cities can expect to fare as seas rise and storms strengthen. Phoenix pulls back the curtain on the future of inland empires. If you want a taste of the brutal new climate to come, the place to look is where that climate is already harsh, and growing more so -- the aptly named Valley of the Sun.

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Australia experiences 'angry summer'

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SYDNEY, March 5 (UPI) -- In what it calls the "Angry Summer," a new report from Australia's Climate Commission links the country's extreme weather events to climate change.

At least 123 weather records were broken during Australia's 2013 summer -- the hottest ever -- through Feb. 28.

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Extreme heat waves and catastrophic bushfire conditions during the "Angry Summer" were made worse by climate change, the report says, adding that "it is virtually certain that extreme hot weather will continue to become even more frequent and severe around the globe, including Australia, over the coming decades."

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Barrow, Alaska: Ground Zero for Climate Change

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Scientists converge on the northernmost city in the United States to study global warming's dramatic consequences

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, according to a 2004 Arctic Climate Impact Assessment report, the most recent available. Summer sea ice in the region shrank by nearly 40 percent between 1978 and 2007. Winter temperatures have been several degrees Fahrenheit warmer than they were a few decades ago. Trees have spread into the tundra. In 2008, a wildfire broke out in an area north of the Brooks Range, where the local dialect had no word for forest fire.

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Climate Change Is Making Canada Look More Like the United States

Observant people who've driven through Canada their entire lives may have noticed a shift in their natural surroundings. That is, it's greener: A huge portion of the country, roughly equal to the area of the entire United States, is sprouting thick, luscious new coats of trees and bushland.

Scientists monitoring the Northern American landmass from space have seen it happen over the past three decades, and now they've released data fingering climate change for the unusual boom in vegetation. Writing in Nature Climate Change, researchers with the NASA-funded study say that winters above the U.S.-Canada border are warming up quicker than the summers. That's causing the seasons to blend together, thawing out the ground for longer periods of time and supporting an eruption of "vigorously productive vegetation" covering about 3.5 million square miles.

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Canadian glaciers face 'irreversible' thaw

Canadian glaciers that are the world's third biggest store of ice after Antarctica and Greenland seem headed for an irreversible melt that will push up sea levels, scientists said on Thursday.

About 20 per cent of the ice in glaciers, on islands such as Ellesmere or Devon off northern Canada, could vanish by the end of the 21st century in a melt that would add 3.5 cm (1.4 inch) to global sea levels, they said.

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Climate change significant challenge facing Libya

Libyan Desert To Expand With Warrming

If new government doesn’t address the issues related to climate change, Libya could see more turmoil, say Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell.

If the new government does not address the issue of water shortages, Libya could see more turmoil, Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell write in their essay, which examines Libya’s water and desertification problems.

A recent report by Joshua Busby at the University of Texas, Austin, notes that between now and the middle of the century, some of the wettest and most populated areas of Libya, along the Mediterranean coast, are likely to experience increases in drought days — meaning no rainfall — from a current 101, to a whopping 224.

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