Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dwindling snow in Scotland

The Scotsman (Scotland): Snowfall could reduce by up to 90 per cent in some parts of Scotland over the next 70 years, according to a consultation released yesterday. Climate change minister Stewart Stevenson said the country must adapt.

"Some degree of climate change is unavoidable, as the impacts over the next 30 to 40 years have been determined by our past and present emissions," he said. "We cannot prevent these, but we can adapt."

The consultation, entitled Adapting Our Ways: Managing Scotland's Climate Risk, says winter snowfall may reduce by 50 per cent or more across Scotland by the 2080s. It adds: "The most obvious changes are over eastern Scotland, with a possible reduction of over 90 per cent of snowfall by the 2080s."…

Borthwick Castle in North Middleton, Scotland. This image was taken from the Geograph project collection. See this photograph's page on the Geograph website for the photographer's contact details. The copyright on this image is owned by Nick Watts and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. Watts says, "I got married here - what a fab place!"

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