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researchers find evidence of warming

Man injures back
after being hit by
ldder on train
A 35-year-old man was hit by a lad-
der attached to a locomotive while he
was walking on the railroad tracks
near a parking lot on Nichols Drive
acording to Department of Public
Safety reports.
The incident occurred Wednesday
afternoon while the man was moving
out of the way of the oncoming train.
Witnesses said the man had been
*king prior to the event, and was
conscious when an ambulance arrived
to take him to the University Hospi-
tals emergency room. The man, who
was not affiliated with the University,
reportedly suffered a large gash on his
PPS identifies
teenagers in theft
* stuffed animal and calculator
were stolen from a lounge in West
Quad Residence Hall late Monday
night, according to DPS reports. Wit-
nesses reported seeing the stuffed ani-
mal thrown from a window in the
building. DPS has identified 17 and
18-year-old suspects and continues to
U' welcome sign
Molen at Bursley
A University welcome sign was
stolen from Bursley Residence Hall
on Monday, according to DPS reports.
DPS did not report having any sus-
pects in the incident.
Drum player cited
for solicitation
man playing a large red bongo
drum on State Street on Tuesday after-
noon was given a citation for solicit-
ing money, DPS reports state. The
citation was given after a caller to
DPS complained about the noise the
man was making.
Laundry basket
stolen at Couzens
On empty laundry basket belong-
ing to a female student was stolen
from a laundry room in Couzens
Residence Hall on Tuesday night,
according to DPS reports. The laun-
dry basket was valued at $6 and
DPS has no suspects.
Computer chairs
lifted at Markley
hree chairs were reported stolen
from the computing site at Mary
Markley Residence Hall on Monday,
DP'S reports state. Two of the chairs
were stolen sometime in the last
mionth. The other was taken during
the last week. DPS did not report
having any suspects.
'U' Mastercard
ed for personal
A Mastercard reserved for Univer-
sity purposes was used fraudulently
Monday, DPS reports state. The card
was reportedly used to access an
"undesirable" Website. DPS did not
report having any suspects.
Compiled bv Daily Staff Reporter
David Enders.

By Lindsey Alpert
Daily Staff Reporter

As scientists continue to debate the impacts
of global warming, researchers at the Universi-
ty have found the earth's temperature has
increased about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit in the
past 500 years, a change that has negatively
impacted the environment.
"About half of that temperature change has
occurred in the 20th Century," geological sci-
ences Prof. Henry Pollack said. "Thirty percent
of this occurred in the 19th Century, so basically
there's been an 80 percent change in the past two
Pollack, along with Shaopeng Huang, a
research scientist at the University, and Po-Yu
Shen of the University of Western Ontario, took
temperature readings from bore holes around the

world to collect their data.
Their findings were printed in the journal
Nature, published yesterday.
The researchers took many of the readings
from holes already dug for other purposes such
as mining. They also received temperature read-
ings from other researchers in various locations.
"We.have made it known to colleagues across
the world and ask them to contribute information
to a global data base," Pollack said.
Readings were taken from the rocks in the
upper 500 meters of the earth's crust.
"If temperatures in the atmosphere are chang-
ing, the rocks in the earth will feel it," Pollack
said. "By looking at variations of temperatures in
the rock, it tells us what took place on the surface
in earlier times:'
The earth's temperature increases because of
the burning of fuels said Environmental Protec-

tion Specialist Stephan Sylvan from the Environ-
mental Protection Agency.
"When many fuels are burned, carbon dioxide
is produced, which is a green-house gas," Sylvan
said. "The C02 acts as an atmospheric blanket
that lets heat in the atmosphere but not out."
Many scientists speculate that the concentra-
tion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will
double in the next few decades Sylvan said.
Although a change of 1.8 degrees doesn't
seem very large, it has a negative impact on the
"Just because global temperature rises on aver-
age, that doesn't address specific extreme
events," Sylvan said. "The hottest day of the year
might just become that much hotter."
The negative effects due to global warming
include impacts on human health, coastal flood-
ing, water, forests and other ecological issues.

SNRE assistant Prof. Terry Root has conduct-
ed research on the impact of global warming on
various species, with a focus on birds.
"A lot of species are already reacting to global
warming," Root said. "Trees are flowering and
budding earlier each year and the birds are
migrating earlier."
Sylvan said humans are also at risk because of
the increase of heat related.deaths and the chance
for infectious diseases to flourish due to the
increase in breeding areas for the diseases.
Coastal communities might also be affected
by flooding. "When global temperatures
increase, you see a rise in sea level that will
flood coastal areas and communities," Sylvan
said. "There is a prediction that by the year
2100, there will be a 50 centimeter sea level
rise which can flood more than 5,000 square
miles of dry land."

Wisconsin students await Ward's
return to continue negotiations

Rackham student Andrew Freeman shows a video he taped while on a trip to
Iraq during which he distributed food and educational supplies.
Conditions in Ira
inexosed nlecture;

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endorse the Worker Rights Consor-
tium, a labor monitoring policy pri-
marily developed by students.
"The university must become a full
participant in the WRC for a four-to-
five-year period," Brakken said.
Activists said the WRC offers a bet-
ter alternative to the FLA because stu-
dents and universities are involved in
essential planning, such as the inspec-
tions of factories producing merchan-
dise for universities.
Brakken said protesters wanted to
ensure Wisconsin takes an active role
in the issue of sweatshop labor in the
collegiate apparel industry.
Brakken said the student protesters
in Bascom Hall have been in regular
contact with Students Organizing for
Labor and Economic Equality activists
at the University who are occupying
the LSA Building.
Should either Wisconsin or Michi-
gan administrators endorse the WRC,
they would become the first major uni-
versity with great apparel licensing
clout to do so.
Five smaller schools, including
Brown University and Haverford Col-
lege, have already allied themselves
with the consortium.
Wisconsin protester David Ernesto
Alvarado said anti-sweatshop activists
here and at Indiana University will
combine with SOLE members to

script protest terms in identical lan-
guage, including the demand that their
respective universities join the WRC.
But University of Wisconsin
spokesman Patrick Strickler stressed
that Wisconsin administrators and stu-
dents are working toward the same
fundamental ends. "There is nobody
here that wants apparel or other mer-
chandise with our name on it that arise
out of a sweatshop," he said.
Ward was unavailable for comment,
due to prior engagements. He said
Wednesday that he would return to
address the students in Bascom on
Monday night.
"I am communicating with other
presidents and chancellors about a col-
lective effort to join the WRC, but
under mutually acceptable terms,"
Ward told students, according to a uni-
versity statement. "This process will
take several days."
Strickler defended the police pres-
ence in Ward's office, citing a student
rally earlier in the day as "good evi-
dence that people would take the
protest to a new level."
Protesters said between five to seven
police officers waited in the chancel-

lor's office.
Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, as
students tried to open the door with a
wooden plank containing exposed nails,
the officers shouted at students to back
off or face retaliatory action.
"I tried holding up a notebook to
protect my eyes from the burning,"
protester Carl Innmon said.
Activists retaliated by discharging a
fire extinguisher at the officers. Witness-
es said nobody was seriously injured in
the face-off, but at least one protester
fled to wash out his eyes with snow.
"The only time we had a problem
was when they became unpeaceful. I
know that the board with the nails.
came very close to injuring officers,
said Sgt. Joseph Hornbeck of the cam,,
pus Department of Police and Security
"It's one thing to block off a comn
mon area and prevent business, it'
another thing to have people in some-
one's office,' he said.
The Wisconsin protesters' terms
now stipulate that "people responsible
for using chemical agents against non-
violent student protesters receive disci-
plinary action and the university must
issue a public apology,' Brakken said.

"I tried holding up a notebook to protect
my eyes from the burning.
- Carl Innmon-
University of Wisconsin at Madison student

By Marta Brill
Daily Staff Reporter

Toting $2 million worth of medi-
cine, food and school supplies,
Rackham student Andrew Freeman
and local minister Thom Saffold
recently traveled to Iraq with a
group of more than 50 others to
provide relief for its citizens.
Last night they shared movies
and slides of their experiences with
about 30 students and faculty
members in the Michigan League.
The group wanted to bring sup-
plies to Iraqi citizens to compensate
for the United Nations sanctions that
limit medicines, food and supplies
considered to be potential compo-
nents for chemical weapons.
"It's hard to go to Iraq and not
come away with the feeling that
lifting the sanctions is the most
important thing to do right now,"
Freeman said.
Although Freeman said the
U.N.'s Oil for Food program per-
mitting the exchange of Iraq's oil
for money to buy food and medi-
cine was designed to provide relief
for Iraqis, he said, less than half of
the money from the Oil for Food
program actually is arriving in Iraq
to be distributed.
"Even if they were allowed full
access to that money, that's $23 per
Iraqi citizen per month," Freeman
said. This S23 per month must
cover food, medicine and rebuild-
ing infrastructure destroyed in the
Persian Gulf War, he said.

"How evil can the Iraqi people
be that they must be punished so
hard?" Freeman asked.
While in Iraq, Freeman said he
visited a water treatment plant. He
said bombing during the Gulf War
broke pipes in the plant and the
sanctions prevented them from
ordering new pipes. Epoxy and
waterproofing materials needed to
fix the plant's leaky walls were also
banned, Freeman said.
Since chlorine is also blocked
due to its potential to be used as a
chemical weapon, disease caused
by unsafe drinking water has
become a significant problem,
Freeman said.
Rackham student Tara Javidi
said the experiences Freeman
shared didn't surprise her because
she has been involved in these
issues for two years.
She said it is important to edu-
cate people about the sanctions
because "most Americans are not
aware of the affect of the foreign
policy. I don't think any American,
knowing the truth, would accept it"
Saffold said more action is need-
ed to put an end to the sanctions.
"We're not really winning the
fight to end the sanctions," Saffold
said, adding that recent arrests of
sanction protesters on the steps of
the U.S. Mission to the United
Nations. in New York were a good
sign. He suggested putting pressure
on defense contractors at all levels
to realize the destruction caused by
the weapons they manufacture.

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