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World in brief: Antarctic melt faster than thought

Antarctic glaciers are melting faster than previously thought, which could lead to an unprecedented rise in sea levels, scientists said today. A report by thousands of scientists for the 2007-2008 International Polar Year concluded that the western part of the continent is warming up, not just the Antarctic Peninsula.

Pace of warming may be understated

CHICAGO – The pace of global warming is likely to be much faster than recent predictions, because industrial greenhouse gas emissions have increased more quickly than expected and higher temperatures are triggering self-reinforcing feedback mechanisms in global ecosystems, scientists said Saturday. “We are basically looking now at a future climate that’s beyond anything we’ve considered seriously in climate model simulations,” Christopher Field, founding director of the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, said at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Gregoire outlines green-jobs plan

More than 47,000 Washington workers have “green jobs,” far more than estimated and twice the goal set by state officials for 2020. But Gov. Chris Gregoire said Thursday that Washington can go much farther, and used the findings to rally support for Green Jobs and Climate Action legislation that would dedicate $455 million to transportation and housing projects that would reduce energy use and foster clean-energy technologies.