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6/02/2008

Global warming threat to coldest desert

India
INDIA's only cold desert could be on the brink as a result of weather shifts. Heavy rains are only the beginning of the problem in Ladakh. The summers have been getting hotter. There are now locusts 15,000 feet above sea level. "If you take a look at the past 15 to 20 years, every year the temperature in this region is increasing especially during the summer months. And because these insects are finding very suitable climate here, so they have invaded and are just wiping out whole of the pasture lands." But here's the irony: this year, the region also saw its severest winter in 20 years. Scientists say one of the first signs of global warming is a trend of freak weather. As a result of the unexpected and excess water, heat and snow, people have lost their homes, their crop and their cattle.

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