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9 Jan, 2007 01:25

Climate changes across the globe

Climate changes across the globe

The European Commission is expected to announce the largest cut in greenhouse gas emissions ever seen. It comes as the world is experiencing massive changes to its weather patterns.    

Moscow is currently witnessing its warmest winter on record, while parts of the U.S. enjoy the kind of temperatures normally seen in summer. Not since records began has the Russian capital had such a warm winter. The average temperature has barely dipped below freezing.

The Russian capital is used to being blasted by temperatures around minus thirty during the long winter months. Though this year barely a flake has fallen, and where blankets of snow would normally be covering the ground, in their place mushrooms and flowers not usually seen until the spring, have popped up. 

As for the Far East, it has fallen victim to heavy snow storms which hit Sakhalin Island on Sunday before sweeping across the Kamchatka peninsula.

Besides that, across the globe, things are far from normal too.

On the east coast of the United States they're slapping on the sun tan lotion, as temperatures have climbed to an unprecedented 21 degrees Celsius in Washington DC.

However the current climate changes appear more than seasonal anomalies.
In the Arctic, an enormous ice shelf larger than Manhattan has broken free – the largest break in 25 years. Scientists say it's feasible that within a few generations, we could see an Arctic with no ice.