Friday, August 10, 2007

Met Office says world is warming up faster than at any time in 100 years

The Scotsman: The world is warming up faster than at any time in the past 100 years, according to a global climate forecast that reveals Britain will be 0.3C hotter by 2014. Scientists at the Met Office's Hadley Centre have unveiled the first ten-year climate prediction model.

It shows at least half of the years 2009 to 2014 will be hotter than 1998, the warmest year on record. And their research predicts 2014 is likely to be 0.3C warmer globally than 2004. This is a sharp increase, as the average global temperature has risen by only 0.8C since 1900. Dr Doug Smith, the study's leader, believes the prediction for the next decade will help people to understand how quickly climate change is happening. He said the model would aid businesses and policy-makers to prepare for short-term climate change.

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