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2007 to be “Warmest on Record” – UK’s Met Office Forcasts January 3, 2007

Posted by Dan in Main, News, Science, Snipets, Technology.

Global Warming is certainly a hot button topic, with heated debate on both sides of the issue. In an effort to more accurately classify the phenomenon, many have taken to calling it “Global Climate Change.” This is actually a better representation of what is going on. But what many people fail to realize is that the Earth’s climate has always been changing. In fact, it is in a constant state of change… thus the difficulty in predicting weather. When proponents of the theory preach imminent danger, they simply mean that the climate is about to change in a way that will make life for humans extremely difficult. This is not the first time such a change has occurred, and indeed the climate has shifted drastically within the lifetime of homo sapiens. Approximately 10,000 years ago, early man faced a major Ice Age. We came through it ok; the species survived. However, even with today’s much more advanced technology, our enormous population means that, were such an Ice Age to happen now, hundreds of millions would die. LIfe would become much more difficult. Certain foods would soar in price, others would plummet. The global economy would be thrown through a loop and a world-wide economic depression would not be far fetched. So the report below seems all the more alarming in context.

According to the BBC:

The world is likely to experience the warmest year on record in 2007, the UK’s Met Office has forecast.

An extended warming period, resulting from an El Nino weather even in the Pacific Ocean, is likely to push up global temperatures, experts predict.

They say there is a 60% chance that the average surface temperature will match or exceed the current record from 1998.

The forecasters also revealed that 2006 saw the highest average temperature in the UK since records began in 1914.

The global surface temperature is projected to be 0.54C (0.97F) above the long-term average of 14C (57C), beating the current record of 0.52C (0.94F), which was set in 1998.

The annual projection was compiled by the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre, in conjunction with the University of East Anglia.

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