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A tropical cyclone (hurricane) in the Indian Ocean creates a storm surge 20 ft (6 m) high that sweeps up the Bay of Bengal and floods parts of the low-lying Bangladesh, causing around 148,000 deaths.

Ice cores at Vostok prove that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels affect global temperature

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US geophysicist Syukuro Manabe (below) uses a computer model of world climate to show that global warming could weaken the Gulf Stream, possibly ^

making northern Europe cooller rather than warmer.

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