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11 August 2005

Climate warning as Siberia melts

"THE world's largest frozen peat bog is melting. An area stretching for a million square kilometres across the permafrost of western Siberia is turning into a mass of shallow lakes as the ground melts, according to Russian researchers just back from the region.

The sudden melting of a bog the size of France and Germany combined could unleash billions of tonnes of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere."

Now that the Space Shuttle Discovery has anded safely at Edwards Air Force base, who else noticed the brilliant irony of America declaring their own mini-version of the Kyoto Protocol, along with five other APAC countries, on exactly the same day as another troubled space shuttle launch forced them to realise nobody is living anywhere other than this blue-green planet of ours for a little while yet?

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