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GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE REASON FOR EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN INDIAN OCEAN

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MOSCOW, December 29 (RIA Novosti) - The reason for the earthquake and a gigantic tsunami which killed several tens of thousands of people in South and Southeast Asia was probably a global climate change. This is the opinion voiced Wednesday by State Duma Vice Speaker, co-chairman of the national organizational committee on holding the international polar year Artur Chilingarov.

In his words, scientists have registered lately a change of the average temperature, which is now growing at fantastic rates. These seemingly insignificant temperature changes allow the atmosphere and oceans to accumulate additional energy, said the deputy.

At the same time, in Mr. Chilingarov's words, the climate change entails not only an increase in the average yearly temperature, but also droughts, floods and hurricanes.

Such powerful regions as the Antarctic and Arctic render a big influence on the global climate change, said the deputy. In his words, for the last tens of years the average temperature in the Arctic has grown twice as fast as the average yearly temperature.

Besides a global warming, this may result in destruction of permafrost in northern regions and emergence of serious problems for the agriculture of such republics as Yakutia, said Mr. Chilingarov.

In connection with this, he believes the elaboration of "an adequate state policy in the coming decade" is necessary, "for which we need to have reliable forecasts of climate change on all Russian territory."

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