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Last Updated: Wednesday May 17 2006 16:59 GMT

In pictures: The changing world

Scientists say the world's glaciers, like the Upsala in Argentina, are melting fast because of global warming/ Image: Gary Braasch

Scientists say the world's glaciers, like the Upsala in Argentina, are melting fast because of global warming. Image: Gary Braasch

These pictures show the Rhone glacier in Valais, Switzerland, and how much it has shrunk in 2001.  Image: Gary Braasch

These pictures show the Rhone glacier in Valais, Switzerland, and how much it has shrunk in 2001. Image: Gary Braasch

Some scientists reckon the warmer climate will cause more violent storms, and increase the rate of coastal erosion. Cape Hatteras in the US was battered by powerful hurricanes in 2004. Image: Gary Bra

Some scientists reckon the warmer climate will cause more violent storms, and increase the rate of coastal erosion. Cape Hatteras in the US was battered by powerful hurricanes in 2004. Image: Gary Braasch

They also predict that sea levels will rise rapidly.  Low-lying islands, like the Tuvalu in the Pacific, have had a higher tide than usual. Image: Gary Braasch

They also predict that sea levels will rise rapidly. Low-lying islands, like the Tuvalu in the Pacific, have had a higher tide than usual. Image: Gary Braasch

It may also snow less in mountainous regions, like Mount Hood in US state of Oregon,  as the climate warms up. Image: Gary Braasch

It may also snow less in mountainous regions, like Mount Hood in US state of Oregon, as the climate warms up. Image: Gary Braasch

Pesky tree-eating wood beetles reproduce quickly in warm climate.  That's why the White Spruce trees in Alaska have suffered so much damage. Image: Gary Braasch

Pesky tree-eating wood beetles reproduce quickly in warm climate. That's why the White Spruce trees in Alaska have suffered so much damage. Image: Gary Braasch



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