High Water: Get out the hip boots, Margaret, the creek's rising fast! The latest information from studies of global ice-melt is really scary. The polar ice caps and earthbound glaciers are melting fast, and ocean levels are rising at alarming rates. Catastrophe predictions that used to talk about centuries are now given in decades. Some scientists believe that global warming (whether from long solar cycles or human stupidity) could avalanche -- that is, it might reach a point where weather (and water levels) change even faster than that. Newly available computer models confirm the worst fears of meteorological Cassandras. Keep and eye on the coast and keep the waders handy. You heard it here first.

Read about it on the Internet at http://www.worldwatch.org/alerts/000306.html, and at http://www.sciencenews.org/20000226/bob2.asp.

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