Thursday, January 27, 2005

Global Warming Worse Than Previously Thought

A new study led by an Oxford University Professor has discovered that the Global Warming problem is twice as bad as previously believed. Researchers from across Britain used computer simulations to discover that under a 'worst case scenario' London would be underwater and the average global temperature would shoot up by 11 degrees Celsius.

The 11C rise is twice the increase predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change. Such high temperatures would melt most of the polar ice caps and glaciers, increasing sea levels by approximately 20 feet.

David Stainforth of Oxford University, the chief scientist of the latest study, said the results of the study indicate that the planet is more vulnerable to temperature changes than previously believed. Global warming estimates generally envision a time when CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere reach twice the levels seen before the Industrial Revolution. It is generally believed that the planet will reach those levels some time in the middle of this century.

Mr Stainforth said: "An 11C-warmed world would be a dramatically different world... There would be large areas at higher latitudes that could be up to 20C warmer than today. The UK would be at the high end of these changes. It is possible that even present levels of greenhouse gases maintained for long periods may lead to dangerous climate change... When you start to look at these temperatures, I get very worried indeed."
When studies like this are being released on a monthly basis, the continued resistance of world leaders to take action is preposterous. Conservatives across the world demand more research and question the impact of environmental laws on the economy. Which is more important, jobs or human existence?

"Myles Allen, of Oxford University, said: "The danger zone is not something we're going to reach in the middle of the century; we're in it now." Each of the hottest 15 years on record have been since 1980."

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