10 Places Already Feeling Global Warming's Heat
Hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast has taken the brunt of climate change so far
By Kristina Loew,  Newser User
Posted Dec 25, 2008 2:54 PM CST
This undated photo released by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, shows dying coral on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.    (AP Photo/Australian Institute of Marine Science, File)
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(Newser) – While some consider global warming a cautionary tale of things to come, its effects are already being felt all over the world, reports Scientific American. The worst-hit:

  • Darfur: The deserts have been crippled by a decades-long drought, and can no longer support farmers or their grazing herds.
  • America's Gulf Coast: Multiple hurricanes are sending scary signals of what we can look forward to.

  • Northern Europe: Right now warmer temperatures are ideal for wine production, but wineries will have to move to cooler regions if temperatures keep rising.
  • Australia's Great Barrier Reef: Going, going, and before long, completely gone. “As the reefs vanish, the fish will surely follow.”
  • Island nations: The nation of Kiribati became the first to declare its land uninhabitable, and is planning to evacuate the entire population.