15 Feb 2009, 12:08am
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Global warming ‘underestimated’

BBC World News America, 15 February 2009 [here]

The severity of global warming over the next century will be much worse than previously believed, a leading climate scientist has warned.

Professor Chris Field, an author of a 2007 landmark report on climate change, said future temperatures “will be beyond anything” predicted.

Prof Field said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report had underestimated the rate of change.

He said warming is likely to cause more environmental damage than forecast.

Speaking at the American Science conference in Chicago, Prof Field said fresh data showed greenhouse gas emissions between 2000 and 2007 increased far more rapidly than expected.

“We are basically looking now at a future climate that is beyond anything that we’ve considered seriously in climate policy,” he said.

Prof Field said the 2007 report, which predicted temperature rises between 1.1C and 6.4C over the next century, seriously underestimated the scale of the problem. … [more]

Note: The BBC got it wrong. Dr. Fields is Professor of Biology in an Ecology Department, not a climate scientist [here].

15 Feb 2009, 12:09am
by Mike

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of carbon footprints — and oil tankers — and petroleum-based byproducts -
Of the impacts on the agricultural sector — and the political elite -
And whether the tipping point has been reached and the Venus Syndrome [here] will cause the seas to boil -
And whether pigs have wings.”

Apologies to Lewis Carroll



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