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2007-10-23 11:15:32
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    The polar bear and Inuit(因纽特人) culture are provably already doomed (判决,注定要遭厄运) by the amount of pollution in the atmosphere, a leading scientist said yesterday.
    Prof. Stephen Schneider, a climatologist from Stanford University, who first made his name in the 1970s by predicting a new ice age, was referring to the latest predictions by the Nasa Space Agency that the world faces an extra 0.6°C of warming as a result of fuel emissions (散发) already in the atmosphere.
    This is in addition to the 0.7°C rise over the past century and the result of Earth’s slow response to warming caused by greenhouse gases trapping heat that might otherwise spread into space.
    Prof. Schneider said that birds were migrating (迁移) earlier and flowers blooming earlier. “This is not theoretical,” he said. “Nature is responding to an 0.7°C warming. It seems completely obvious that there is a threat to the viability (生存能力) of many species on the earth. They have to move; as they did before. But then they did not have factories, freeways and urban settlements to cross.”
    Prof. Schneider said the next stage of warming was likely to affect small islands, polar bears, mountain top ecosystems and unique and valuable cultures such as the Inuit.
    Margaret Beckett, the Environment secretary, agreed that most of the climate change expected over the next few decades was inevitable (不可避免的).
    She told the conference: “We have to act now to limit the scale of the warming in the future and avoid even worse effects.”

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