from: Mike Hulme <m.hulmeatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: FW: Global Temperature Rising At Record Rate-not protectively
>From: Merylyn McKenzie Hedger <merylyn.hedgeratXYZxyzip.org.uk>
>To: gjjenkinsatXYZxyzo.gov.uk, m.hulmeatXYZxyz.ac.uk,
> david_warrilowatXYZxyzr.gsi.gov.uk, penny_bramwellatXYZxyzr.gsi.gov.uk
>Subject: FW: Global Temperature Rising At Record Rate-not protectively mar
>Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2000 09:30:03 -0000
>This may have reached you already.
>> Subject: Global Temperature Rising At Record Rate
>> > CLIMATE CHANGE: Global
>> > Temperature Rising At Record Rate
>> > The Earth's surface is warming at an "unprecedented rate"
>> > that was not expected to be seen until well into the 21st
>> > according to a new analysis of temperature records by US
>> > scientists.
>> > Throughout much of the 20th century, warming occurred at a
>> > rate of just over 1 degree per century. But since 1976, warming
>> > has occurred at a rate of "nearly 4 degrees per century."
>> > According to Tom Karl, the US National Oceanic and
>> > Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climatologist who led the
>> > study, the sudden spike may indicate a "change point" at which
>> > the Earth's surface begins warming at a faster rate (Usha
>> > McFarling, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb).
>> > The analysis will be published in the 1 March issue of the
>> > journal Geophysical Research Letters.
>> > Ants Leetmaa, director of the NOAA's Climate Prediction
>> > Center, called the findings "intriguing" and said that if they
>> > hold
>> > out for the next couple of years "then it will be pretty clear
>> > evidence that something really unusual is going on" (Curt
>> > Suplee, Washington Post, 23 Feb).
>> > The sharp increase is difficult to explain through natural
>> > causes, said Jonathan Overpeck, director of the University of
>> > Arizona's Institute for the Study of Planet Earth. "There is no
>> > known precedent of natural forces that could have given rise to
>> > the temperatures of the last decade," he said (McFarling, Los
>> > Angeles Times).
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