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In this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo, cows lie dead on Hilda Schneider's farm in Stroeder, Argentina. Schneider lost around 500 cows in 2008 due to the drought. From Chile to Colombia to Mexico, Latin America has been battered recently by wildfires, floods and droughts. While leading climate scientists are unable to pin any single flood or heat wave solely on climate change, experts say the number of extreme weather events is increasing worldwide and the evidence suggests global warming is having an impact. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)

Global warming

Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heat waves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists said in a report issued earlier this year.