Global warming

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This Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo shows Serbian farmer Radovan Krstic looking at the poor quality corn harvested from his field in the village of Trstenica, some 40 kilometers west of  Belgrade, Serbia. After the harshest winter in decades, the Balkans in the southeast of Europe is now facing its hottest summer and the worst drought in what officials across the region say is nearly 40 years. The record-setting average temperatures _ which scientists say have been steadily rising over the past years as the result of the global warming _ have ravaged crops, vegetable, fruit and power production in the region which is already badly hit by the global economic crisis. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heat waves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists said in a report issued earlier this year.

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