Long, hot summer of fire, floods fits predictions

Floodwater from the South Skunk River flood neighborhoods in Colfax, Iowa, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Steve Pope)

August 12, 2010 9:18:32 AM PDT
Floods, fires, melting ice and feverish heat: From smoke-choked Moscow to water-soaked Pakistan and the High Arctic, the planet seems to be having a midsummer breakdown. It's not just a portent of things to come, scientists say, but a sign of troubling climate change already under way.