'Indicators of Climate Change in the UK'
- The following is from the introduction to the 'Indicators of Climate
in the UK' - a government report produced by the Department for
Food and Rural Affairs.
"Global warming is no longer a theory. Since the 1970s, the world has
by about 0.15 �C per decade, and 1998 was the warmest year on record. In
England, four of the five warmest years in the 340-year record occurred
the last decade. These are startling statistics. The clear message from
scientific community is that this warming is due, at least in part, to
increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The United Kingdom signed the Framework Convention on Climate Change at
in 1992, and, following the meeting of parties to the Convention in Kyoto
1997, has set itself the challenging target to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2008-2012. However, even if all
nations fulfill their Kyoto commitments, warming is likely to continue.
must, therefore, remain alert and be prepared for change. "
The then Minister for the Environment, Rt Hon Micheal Meacher MP, also
in the forward to this report:-
"As greenhouse gas concentrations continue to rise we can expect more
climatic changes. Evidence of a changing climate strengthens the already
overwhelming case for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The UK has
taken a leading role in negotiations to agree the Kyoto Protocol under
the European Union have a legally binding target to cut emissions by 8%
against 1990 levels, of which we have a 12.5% share. We've also taken on
domestic goal to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20%. Although I cannot
emphasise enough the need for action globally to tackle greenhouse gas
emissions these indicators also suggest that we need to turn our
to adapting to climate change."
So, as you can see, the UK government believes GW is a real and serious
threat, and that GHGs are the primary cause.
The main institute for reseach into climate change is the Hadley Centre,
part of the UK Met Office
reseach being carried out by the Climatic Research Unit at the University
East Anglia http://www.cru.uea.ac.uk/
We, in the UK, are led (by our government and media) to beleive that a
relatively small reduction in GHG emissions will solve all our problems.
don't believe that to be the case at all. I believe that there are many
other factors involved, and that in any case it is vitually impossible to
reduce GHG emissions sufficently so as to eliminate their influence.
you tried telling everyone to stop driving their car lately?
I think we've poked a little hole in the dam and now think we can just
it up again and all will be well. But all we do is argue over how big
bung should be and who will contribute the resources for it. And
we're ignoring all the other holes that occured naturally - some of which
may close naturally in time, but others? who knows.....
MBA Newsletter Editor
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