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Scientists Warn of Melting Ice in Arctic

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Scientists on Monday painted a gloomy picture of the effects of global warming on the Arctic, warning of melting ocean ice, rising oceans, thawed permafrost and forests susceptible to bugs and fire.

"A lot of the stories you read make it sound like there's uncertainty," said Jonathan Overpeck, a professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona. "There's not uncertainty."

The questions scientists continue to address, he said after his presentation at the Alaska Forum on the Environment, are how much of the warming is caused by humans and how drastic long-term effects will be.

Deborah Williams, a conference organizer and former director of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, said Alaska is Ground Zero for observing the effects of global warming because so many natural phenomena are tied to ice and the repercussions of it melting.

"We are the Paul Revere of global warming," she said

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Alaska is an area that will feel the affects of global warming first. Animal life is moving further north, permafrost is warming up and ocean levels are rising. Louisiana being below sea level will be first to notice the rise in ocean levels.

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By YCON: posted on 8-2-2006








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