Photo Gallery Watching the Climate Change

Climate change is no longer just an academic theory. The world's rising temperature has actually become easy to see.
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new Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Climate researchers say that rising global temperatures could result in more and more powerful storms. 2005 was a record year for hurricanes -- though 2006 was much quieter.

Foto: AFP
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The weather has also become much more unpredictable in other parts of the world as well. A violent storm rattled the state of Washington in the northwest corner of the United States last autumn.

Foto: AP/ The Herald
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Global warming is almost definitely caused by human activity according to the new IPCC report released on Friday. Carbon dioxide releases is a major cause. Here, the smoggy skyline of Bangkok, Thailand.

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More extended droughts will likely be an outcome of global warming. Here, a man walks across a dried out reservoir in eastern Spain in the arid year of 2005.

Foto: AP
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A major reduction in sea ice has been observed in both Greenland and the Arctic. The Antarctic, by contrast, has remained relatively stable.

Foto: AP
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Scientists believe that extreme weather will become more common. Here, the district of Aceh Tamiang in Aceh was flooded in 2006 -- just two years after being devastated by the tsunami.

Foto: REUTERS / Aceh-Nias Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency
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Climate change is perhaps most easily observed in Greenland. The ice layer has shrunk dramatically in recent years. Worse, the less ice their is, the less light is reflected away from the earth's surface, thereby increasing the rate at which the surface warms.

Foto: AP
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The Australian Outback has been suffering an extended drought for years now. And there's no sign of it getting any better.

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The drought in Australia is the worst in over 100 years. Over half the continent's farmland is suffering.

Foto: Getty Images
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The 2003 summer in Europe was one of the hottest the continent has ever seen. Hundreds of people lost their lives in the heat wave. Here, a man walks in the dried out bed of the Rhine River in Germany.

Foto: DDP
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New Orleans has become a symbol for weather extremes and the extreme damage such weather can inflict.

Foto: AP / DigitalGlobe
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The peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is losing its glacier. The top photo shows the peak in February 1993. The bottom picture is from February 2000.

Foto: AFP
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Germany has been hit by a number of violent storms in recent months. The recent winter storm may have been the most spectacular, but in autumn, a large area in northern Germany was flooded by intense rainfall.

Foto: DPA
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