Glaciers on China's Qinghai-Tibet plateau are shrinking by seven per cent a year because of global warming, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This is triggering a vicious cycle: As the glaciers retreat the plateau is turning into desert - this in turn will cause more droughts and sandstorms. Welcome to our warming world.

Later this month, Al Gore’s new movie on climate change will be released. Called “An Inconvenient Truth”, it follows the former Presidential candidate during his “traveling global warming show”.

We have, argues the film “just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced”.

Figures released by the US Environmental Protection Agency reveal that America’s worst-polluting plant is BP’s troubled Texas City oil refinery where 15 workers died in an explosion last year. The refinery released three times as much pollution in 2004 as it did in 2003. It raises the question about whether BP has been underreporting toxic emissions.