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03 Jan 2008 description
report USA TODAY

By John Holmes

The 2007 global catalogue of calamities - hurricanes in the Caribbean, droughts in Africa, wildfires in the USA, massive flooding throughout Asia and Africa - reads like a Hollywood disaster script. But these catastrophes were very real for tens of millions of people whose lives were turned upside down.

As we enter a new year, it's tempting to think the worst could be over. But nothing is further from the truth, given the increasingly visible effects of global warming.