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Nuclear Power Plant

In the photo: A coal-fired power plant is seen at an industrial park in Wuhai, in China's northern Inner Mongolia region, December 7,2009. Photograph by: File, Reuters

Shawn Marshall says he's not a catastrophist. The world will still be standing in the next millennium if global carbon emissions continue at their current rate for the next 100 years, says the Canada research chair in climate change, who contributed to a study released Sunday.

"I have a feeling a lot of nature will adapt and evolve to this, it's just we'll lose some stuff on the way," he said.

"I mean, we've seen pretty clearly that coral reefs can't adapt quickly, so we'll lose some of that. We'll lose some of our favourite ski areas, a number of different cities like Venice or Manhattan."

Marshall, a geography professor at the University of Calgary, recently completed work with a team of researchers from an Environment Canada research laboratory at the University of Victoria.

Together, the team performed the first full climate model simulation to make predictions on the effects of climate change 1,000 years from now.

One scenario simulated the outcome of current emission levels continuing until 2100, which then completely stop.

Read more: Another century of emissions will fuel 1,000 years of climate change: Study

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Iceberg

In this photograph taken on November 9, 2007 glaciers are pictured in Antartica. Global warming may wipe out three-quarters of Europe's alpine glaciers by 2100 and hike sea levels by four metres (13 feet) by the year 3000 through melting the West Antarctic icesheet, two studies published on Janaury 9, 2011 said.

Photograph by: File, AFP

A fifth of the ice in the world's mountain glaciers and ice caps will disappear by 2100, with some regions losing as much as 75 per cent of their ice, according to an international study.

In the most detailed assessment yet of glaciers, which are often described as the world's water towers, the study found the European Alps, as well as New Zealand, could lose three quarters of their ice by the end of the century, while high mountainous regions in Asia may lose 10 per cent.

In Western Canada and the United States, 50 per cent of glacier ice could disappear by 2100, which could have substantial impacts on regional power dams and water supplies. 

"For the long-term, it's not good for the economy because there will be a drop in river run-off and less water in reservoirs," says glaciologist Valentina Radic a professor at the University of British Columbia and the lead researcher. 

Read more: Planet faces great glacier meltdown by 2100: Study

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Bottle School

In the photo: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR Illac Diaz leads the building of Asia’s first plastic and glass bottle school that not only promotes sustainable architecture, but also addresses the shortage of classrooms in the country. Photo by PINGGOT ZULUETA.

MANILA, Philippines — Despite aggressive campaigns on recycling and sustainable development, not everyone is still convinced to go green. Tons of garbage continue to pollute the environment and harm man’s health.

But Illac Diaz, social entrepreneur and proponent of sustainable, alternative architecture, is steadfast in proving that recycling is the way to go, even in solving the dire need for more classrooms in the country today.

In his latest project called the Bottle Schools, Diaz shows that with much creativity, imagination, and out-of-the-box thinking, a classroom or even an entire school may be built out of discarded soda and alcoholic beverage bottles!

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